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Old 01-29-2019, 01:58 AM
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I hate both terms victim and survivor, too. I feel that a survivor is just another way of saying "victim". I don't call myself any special term. I refer to my past as "things that happened to me". I don't like the idea of basing my identity on events or symptoms. I may say "my trauma" but that's like saying "my brown hair" or "my toothache". But I definitely wouldn't call myself "a victim or survivor of toothache".
If there's a situation where a term has to be used I like saying something like "people with trauma have these symptoms". But I don't use this as my everyday identity.
To me, trauma is a set of symptoms I have, not who I am.
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