But it wasn't just those comments. He was like four and watched several adults tell his parents that he should be sent away. When you're a kid you're taught that you're supposed to respect adults. So as a kid hearing a bunch of adults say that it's better to send you away it would be sort of crushing.
I will repeat myself: with the exception of developing PTSD, single incidents do not usually change overall behavior and personality. Unless you are trying to tell me that the character developed PTSD from this one event, it's going to be eye-rollingly unrealistic.
And if you are
trying to tell me that the character developed PTSD over this incident? You are still
going to make me eyeroll because a) PTSD tends to manifest as some pretty specific behavior changes (flashbacks, avoidant behavior relating to the trauma in question, heightened overall anxiety and/or arousal *
, numbing of emotional responses. I should know, I have it) and b) PTSD developed in reaction to a single traumatic event (as opposed to PTSD developed in reaction to prolonged trauma, such as abuse or bullying) tends to be in reaction to very severe
trauma — usually the sort where the victim has reason to believe that they are immediately going to die.
The short of it: very few kids are going to be permanently traumatized by That One Time People Were Really Really Mean to him. Will they have a bad memory of it? Yes. Will it affect their mood when someone brings it up? Yes. Will it significantly affect how they'll react to most situations from that point on, and/or be the constant point of reference for all their behavior. No
edited 6th Feb '11 11:29:11 PM by Sparkysharps