Trauma and politics

 

I imagine there is a connection between trauma and politics.

I wonder if trauma sometimes leads to supporting more fear-based politics? More extreme politics, whether it’s left or right? Xenophobia? Harshness? Science denial? Conspiracy theories? A politics that reflects fear, blame, anger, reactiveness?

Since my (brief) exposure to Fox News, I have wondered about this connection. Maybe that type of (reactive, fear based) politics is a way of coping with the trauma, for some?

Of course, it’s not always like that. I know many with trauma who are very compassionate, and very balanced in their views.

I don’t want to oversimplify it, or make assumptions not based on research, and I especially don’t want to use the trauma explanation to dismiss people’s political views.

At the same time, it would be an interesting question for research, and perhaps it’s already being done.

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Initial notes….

– trauma
– leads to more fear-based politics, whether left or right?
– conspiracy theories? xenophobia? blame? anger? reactiveness?
– certain groups within the us republican party / fox news etc.
– and more conspiracy oriented/angry left wing groups
– would be an interesting study, trauma and politics

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