The thousand-yard stare is a phrase coined to describe the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom it describes may also be found among victims of other types of trauma. A characteristic of shell shock, the despondent stare reflects dissociation from trauma. The thousand-yard stare is thus often seen in cases of incipient post-traumatic stress disorder.
2 thoughts on ““Thousand Yard Stare” by Mia Makila, 2013 [digital]”
I haven’t heard of this before. I’m sure I have done the thousand-yard stare an infinite amount of times.
I’m sorry to hear that…