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In the wake of the holocaust, Hannah Arendt used the phrase "the banality of evil" to describe the tendency of ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion.  These "terribly and terrifyingly normal" individual actions make up atrocities

In the wake of the holocaust, Hannah Arendt used the phrase "the banality of evil" to describe the tendency of ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion. These "terribly and terrifyingly normal" individual actions make up atrocities

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Many have trouble communicating their experiences with fear and pain. Not only do we often lack the actual language to express what is going on, but we find barriers to communication at every turn -- barriers to empathy and being understood.

Many have trouble communicating their experiences with fear and pain. Not only do we often lack the actual language to express what is going on, but we find barriers to communication at every turn -- barriers to empathy and being understood.

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Mira commented on Self-Administered Interviews

Great updates, Ann!

Hi Brian! I love this concept -- we know how powerful a well-told story can be. I have some experience in social documentation and I'd love to help do some beta testing, or anything that would be helpful. If you could use some help, send me a link and some more info!

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Mira commented on How to Communicate Fear and Pain

In mental health departments, they are moving away from "diagnosis-specific" questionnaires (i.e. questions about depression only or anxiety only) and focusing more on what is called "global distress measures" where the questions are geared toward overall wellness and daily functioning.

I wonder if we could take that idea of "global distress" and develop a list of questions that gets at the overall experience of people in a community -- Questions that can be culturally relevant and help communicate to others the situations that people are living and coping with.