Division, Stress, Trauma and Violence: Where We Are Now

November 12, 2020 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D.; Director of Client Training at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

As the recent election reminds us, we live in a divided society. There is much distrust and dislike for one another based on political affiliation, and there’s a huge rift between law enforcement and various communities. We’re still grappling with the global COVID-19 pandemic, in which life as we previously knew it is essentially gone.

Each of these serves as an example of major change we’re going through as a society — and while change is a primary cause of stress, an uncontrolled reaction to stress is often present when there is violence. 

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