The effects of tragedy on the human psyche

The effects of tragedy on the human psyche

Tyler, TX-- More innocent lives lost is weighing heavily on the hearts of Americans, trying to make sense of this latest tragedy on Monday.

The Boston Marathon bombing opens up old wounds. Americans remember a gunman opening fire in a Colorado movie theater in July, and school children killed in Newtown, CT this past December.

"These kind of things are uncertain, they are unplanned, and people have difficulty thinking about how they can protect themselves from something like this," Dr. Wade French, a professional counselor in Tyler, said.

He says it's normal for people to worry in the wake of tragedy.

"I've had a couple calls from some folks that are expressing concern about this, they'll call and say, 'What's the world coming to? You can't even go to a race'," French said.

He says that generalization, fearing what can happen to you, can make your world a scary place.

"We're social animals, we do a lot of things in groups," French said.

He says to remember the possibility of something tragic happening is remote. And when faced with things that have no logical answer, people often turn to their faith.

"We want to know why everything is occurring," Rev. Marty Dunbar, a pastor at Marvin United Methodist in Tyler, said.

He is focusing on acts of love displayed during the bombing. "Look for the good stories, the moments where people rise up and do some amazing things in the midst of pain. That sometimes will bring peace to our hearts," Dunbar said.


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