What affects us is naturally related to our own culturally-rooted sense of honor, shame and horror:

One of the most powerful things to come out of both a historical view and contemporary research is that our beliefs about how should trauma affect us, partly dictates how it does. In other words, our bodies, beliefs and culture are bound together and when damaged, each contributes to how disability expresses itself.

The history of shell-shock or post-traumatic stress is fascinating. As is this term - new to me: neuroanthropology.

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