Creativity has touched all possibilities under the sun. Surpassing the conventional norms, people have come up with ideas and ways to showcase their skills, talents, and interests at large on platforms big and small.
Aesthetics too have gained wide-ranging popularity and many forms. But aesthetics are no longer limited to art and its appreciation, they are now inclusive of dark, sinister forms too.
Varying along with the variation in moods, aesthetics are largely used nowadays to gain attention, clout, and remain in trend. No one has any inclination towards aesthetics and all things beautiful and lovely, rather seeking attention remains the ultimate aim.
This brings me to the concept of ‘traumacore’ wherein venting is the leading intent. Venting about the happenings of daily life, judging with prejudice, and the most crucial element, trauma.
Traumacore is a type of imagery that delves into the themes of abuse and trauma (particularly sexual trauma or CSA) and romanticizes the same.
Reading Into Traumacore
As soon as we hear the word ‘trauma’, we associate severe mental and physical pain with it. But the millennials have given this term yet another angle. Delving into the theme of abuse (mental, physical, spiritual, all come under the radar), Gen Z has glorified trauma to an extreme level.
To cut the backlash and hide the blatant glorification, child-like, angelic themes are used more often than not. This veils the revolting support for abuse and trauma. Below are some examples of imagery used in Traumacore.
But another aspect of traumacore is of slight assistance to the ones who have suffered from trauma, the real trauma that is. No suffering is big or small, nor can any two hardships be compared, but a clear difference remains between the genuine traumas and the ones for clout.
As for the traumatized people, this venting has helped in coping with and coming out of the torment they might have suffered earlier on. It may be seen as art therapy.
Is Traumacore Acceptable?
Only the ones with the intent to overcome their traumas should go for this ‘therapy’. On the other hand, the non-serious ones should stay as far from this as possible lest it becomes fetishization.
Artists adopt this method to help the people in need and to raise awareness on certain issues and traumas that remain hidden or taboo.
An example of trauma core-driven personality is Betty Cooper from the famous series Riverdale.
All being said, the romanticization of mental issues and traumas of all kinds is ghastly and should not be encouraged. Nor should it be allowed to continue unless required by the ones in dire need.
If you or your loved ones are dealing with the trauma of any kind, remember you are loved and cherished.
And just in case you’re apprehensive about whether you can use traumacore as a coping mechanism, please try treatment and medications as the first choice and only later, opt for this therapy.
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