Abstract

This paper will discuss how the lens through which Black women view narratives of trauma and resiliency problematizes healing. Lessons learned via elders on how to view and situate themselves within the world can lead to living in a state of “normalized chaos.” Normalized chaos is defined as a defense mechanism used by Black women to minimize daily hassels and life situations, viewing them as part of their “normal” life. Normalizing chaos leads to cocreated self-violence and trauma under the guise of martyrdom. By disrupting the narrative of normalized chaos within an expanded understanding of Black feminism and womanism, Black women can more fully engage in holistic health journeys.

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