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Remembering 9/11. From a Psychological Point of View. In New York City. At the Pentagon. In Pennsylvania. Psychological Wounds. The goal of the terrorists was to kill Americans, but also to inflict psychological pain on those not directly involved

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Remembering 9 11

Remembering 9/11

From a Psychological Point of View





Psychological wounds
Psychological Wounds

  • The goal of the terrorists was to kill Americans, but also to inflict psychological pain on those not directly involved

  • September 11 is an example of a collective trauma—one that impacts an entire group of people

  • Even those not involved in the attacks were psychologically wounded


All americans
All Americans

  • All Americans had feelings of

    • Fear

    • Personal loss

    • Economic hardship

  • Most were back to normal within six months

  • Those having lingering issues had previous psychological disorders


Those with direct contact
Those with direct contact

  • Tremendous feelings of loss—personal, financial, property

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Health problems—asthma and other lung issues


Positive effects of 9 11
Positive Effects of 9/11

  • Charitable giving increased

  • Renewed civic involvement

  • A greater awareness of one’s surroundings

  • Increased pride in our nation


Negative effects of 9 11
Negative Effects of 9/11

  • Increased prejudice against foreigners

  • Hatred of those of Middle Eastern decent (including American citizens)

  • Stricter security and safety measures


Counseling children
Counseling Children

  • Treating children that have experienced a traumatic experience presents many challenges

    • Refusal to participate

    • May not comprehend what happened

    • Parents and caretakers may also be suffering

  • Art therapy is a viable option for treatment


Art therapy
Art Therapy

  • A form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being

    • No artistic skills are needed

    • Used with adults also

    • Emerged in the late 1940s


Your assignment
Your Assignment

  • Read the article on art therapy and 9/11

  • Write a response addressing the following:

    • What are your personal memories of 9/11

    • Do you think art therapy is a viable format for treating people after suffering a traumatic experience


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