survivor guilt

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a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others

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He, too, has survivor guilt for that luck - and for being too young to fight in World War II like his brother-in-law, who suffered such severe post-traumatic stress syndrome that he died in a mental institution.
When viewing the experience of first-generation college students through the lens of survivor guilt, what becomes clear is a tension between these students' past experience and their future possibilities.
Many of us come from these people who are suffering and many of us have real survivor guilt.
Indeed, some survivor guilt may be evident when she declares: "Speaking out on behalf of the disadvantaged is my way of justifying my existence" (p.
There is a sense almost of survivor guilt, that we are having it too easy.
They have a reputation for delivering politically charged, no-nonsense lyrics and Midnight Hands, Broken Mirrors and Survivor Guilt all pack a punch.
In the best chapter, Cohen analyzes the state of psychological knowledge regarding survivors in the late 1940s and the 1950s, as well as the new awareness of problems of emotional apathy (affective anesthesia) and of survivor guilt.
Let us, just for a minute, re-visit survivor guilt - this little known condition that appear to fly in the face of all logic but is now seen as a highly complex moral response to the fate of what maybe your closest friends and colleagues.
My Tiki Girl is told by Maggie Keller, a 15-year-old who survived the car accident that killed her mother, and who now suffers from both physical injuries and survivor guilt as a result of the crash.
The reality of survivor guilt is * feelings of envy comparable to the concept of toward victims combat syndrome, which refers to the feelings experienced by a soldier in combat upon the death of a fellow soldier.
Some experts emphasized the lasting psychic damage--nightmares, survivor guilt, anxiety, and depression.
Holocaust survivors, paradigmatic examples of trauma survivors, have been found to suffer from depression, anxiety, survivor guilt, and social withdrawal.
It includes depression, nightmares, anxiety of renewed persecution, psychosomatic symptoms, survivor guilt, emotional numbing, cognitive and memory disturbances, an inability to verbalize the traumatic experiences, heightened aggression, and a "living corpse" appearance.
It makes sense, certainly, that the double suffered acute grief as a result of Meyerhold's arrest and torture, and later faced something akin to survivor guilt (a major theme, incidentally, of Cooley's first novel, The Archivist [1998]).