And if we focus on this term, we've used now a number of times trauma. How do you suggest people think about or Define? This term now probably do this quite a bit in our conversation, just to ensure that everyone understands the way in which we're using certain terms. But how would you suggest people think about trauma? And if there are subsets or different types of trauma, perhaps what those are? I would describe, trauma is anything that causes us emotional or physical pain, that surpasses, our coping mechanisms, that makes us feel then. Overwhelmed, often overwhelms, our Our nervous system, both body and mind. And then really leaves a mark on us, as we move forward, and Trauma can be acute, right? A single traumatic event. In a sold, the car accident in injury and combat. Trauma can be acute. It can also be chronic. So, the, The Chronic impact of say, ongoing abuse or ongoing neglect or even ongoing marginalization, and we see so much of this has come to the Forefront. Whether That's gender identity or its racial, how many people are trying to exist in doing their best to not just to thrive, but doing their best to survive, amidst circumstances that are constantly telling them that they're less than, or that they're at special risk. That's chronic trauma. And vicarious. Trauma comes from really, this wonderful fact that we can be empathic and empathically attuned to other people. And we can feel what they're feeling. I mean that's a wonderful thing that we can do that for one another but it also makes us so susceptible to other people's suffering and pain and we can lose the boundaries of what is us. And what is them? I mean, I'm not the only physician to say that at times especially in the intensity of the training period would have to really stop and say, okay, wait a second that is happening. What is happening now? Is happening to someone else, not to me because if I don't maintain that boundary I'm too overwhelmed to help them. But if one Empathically attuned, which many, many people are. Then we don't bound ourselves from other people's suffering. So there's acute, trauma. Chronic trauma and vicarious, trauma. And of course, an overlap, there can be an overlap between them two.
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