Category:  Expressive Digital Art | Posted: July 11, 2018

Trauma across generations

Archetypes: Hero to Nomad

by Trajan

Generational Archetypes: Trauma and life experiences across generations

This piece is one of a planned series exploring trauma and archetypes across generations. Inspired by the current social and political climate, this series seeks to explore changes in our collective psyche as our trauma is passed on to the next generation, as it was passed on to us. My family escaped the Armenian holocaust and survived the "Great Depression" as we have survived the "Great Recession." Collectively, my family developed responses and ways of living that have been passed down generation to generation. One wonders how these changes will ultimately affect future generations.

Moreover, "generations that experience similar early-life experiences and trauma often develop similar collective personas, and follow similar life-trajectories." In "Generations", Strauss and Howe discovered a pattern in the way diverse types of generations follow one another in time. They identified a sequence of four generational archetypes, which they call Prophet, Nomad, Hero, and Artist, that have recurred in that order throughout American history. The generations in each archetype have similar age locations in history, and thus share some basic attitudes towards family, risk, culture and values, and civic engagement, among other things. As each archetype ages, its persona undergoes profound and characteristic changes. Yet each also has an underlying identity that endures over the centuries.

Howe, Neil (1992). Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069. ASIN 0688119123. ISBN 978-0688119126.

Post Type Digital Art Digital Composition | Computer Generated

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