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Parikh 1 Parth Parikh November 10, 2010 Professor Kao Expository Writing 101 Final Draft The End to Trauma During every single person’s life, he or she will go through an experience that changes him or her in a dramatic way, whether it is good or bad. Usually, when a person has a hard time dealing with something, it is because of a traumatic experience, in their past, and is changes who they are and how they act. One psychologist, Martha Stout, believes that experiences that cause trauma and psychological problems, should be handled in a certain way, and explains how in her essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday, it was Friday”. She begins to show how people act and react after certain experiences, and how their body becomes unconscious in the way it handles various situation, which brings back a traumatic incident. However, Tim O’Brien, a war veteran, enlightens the reader with a different way on dealing with these traumatic experiences. After fighting in the Vietnam War, he saw and heard many things that will never leave his head, and he finds that a person must express what he or she is feeling, which is the only way of dealing with something. The reason of the differences between these two people and their views on dealing with post-traumatic experiences is their different background and what they have seen and been through throughout their lives. In each of their professions, Stout and O’Brien, have different meanings and explanations to certain words; for example “fact” and “fiction”. As a psychologist, Stout
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Parikh 2 sees the world through what she reads and sees in the people that she deals with daily, which is what drives her to come to her predictions and conclusions. After a traumatic experience, there “are more or less invisible [situations] to us as we go about daily life”, which makes it difficult to know the truth behind several situations (Stout 658). If a person recognizes that his or her body goes through instances unconsciously, then it becomes extremely easy to doubt oneself in different situations. After an experience occurs to a child, and they grow up, they completely forget that it happened; it becomes
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