September 11th, 2001 not only brought about changes in security and national pride, but it also gave a literal scenario to an idea psychologists had been debating for a long time. Before this situation, psychologists had long since argued about the amount of lasting trauma an event like this would have on the psyche. They also wondered if seeing the events play out on television would have the same emotional distress as those who witnessed it in person.
Before this event psychologists used "talk" therapy to have the victim talk through what they had witnessed, felt, and experienced. In the case of 9/11, this caused the patient to plunge farther into depression and caused them great anxiety. Now psychologists have begun using "psychological first aid" which focuses on coping skills and only urges the person to discuss their experiences when they feel prepared. Those partcipating in the study also realized that now, ten years later, the psychological effects aren't as great as they once imagined.
Do you think September 11th caused trauma for everyone (including those who just watched it on TV) or do you think we have all had enough time to heal? Are the memories as fresh and upsetting as they were that day?