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Will Smith’s slap is a trauma response

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Will Smith’s slap is a trauma response

"As physicians, we are masterful at suppressing so many of our emotions, and the thoughts and memories associated with them. However, trauma has a way of impacting us in great…
May 23, 2022

Will Smith’s slap is a trauma response

“As physicians, we are masterful at suppressing so many of our emotions, and the thoughts and memories associated with them. However, trauma has a way of impacting us in great big obvious ways (as we saw with Will Smith), and not such obvious ways (perfectionism, workaholism, lack of boundaries).

I’m not suggesting any of us go unearthing swaths of past trauma. Simply be aware that it may be impacting you in ways you recognize and have yet to address, or in ways you never quite thought of as being associated with trauma. And, if needed, allow yourself to get the support you need by working with a trauma-informed therapist, trauma-informed coach, or other trauma-informed specialist.”

Melissa Hankins is a psychiatrist and physician coach.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Will Smith’s slap is a trauma response.”

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