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“Why Am I Traumatized By The George Floyd Situation?”

George floyd photoI have heard so many of my clients including people who consult with me or bump into me in public say “I am really disturbed by the George Floyd video and protests/riots.”

It never fails. The world is upside down and although the George Floyd protests have made a major impact on moving forward a society that is often segregated, the protests and riots will never be forgotten.

In this article (video), I will be highlighting concepts you should know has played a role in these protests and riots.Protest and riots due to social injustice is ingrained in our history. When we experience ethnocentrism, group think, and diffusion of responsibility to a point of causing the death of another, we see violence and aggressive protesting. Violence and rioting has impacted about 180 countries throughout our history, according to some research studies. Sadly, we haven’t found a way to reduce this collective trauma.

There are 4 important concepts that I believe play a role in protests and violent riots. It’s difficult to make a powerful impact on injustice when the following is present:

  1. Collective Trauma: Collective trauma explains trauma that impacts a group of people.
  2. Diffusion of responsibility: Diffusion of responsibility describes a series of behaviors that involve not stepping into a situation where you can and most likely should.
  3. Group Think: Group think is a sociological concept used to describe “we-ness” and a “groupie syndrome” that influences behavior and thoughts.
  4. Poor mental health: Although the connection between mental health and protests/riots is unknown, research suggests that protesting and rioting may have an impact on mental health or vice versa as natural disasters do on some people.

To learn more about these concepts, visit my most recent video below:

Photo by Lorie Shaull

“Why Am I Traumatized By The George Floyd Situation?”

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know.

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Hill, T. (2020). “Why Am I Traumatized By The George Floyd Situation?”. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from


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