How do I write a character that is emotionally traumatized without making the character boring?

In answer to a Quora.com question:

In this case, don’t tell me the character is emotionally traumatized, especially by having him ponder it inside his own head. Instead, show me the effects of that traumatization. Especially show me how it is important to the story. If it has no effect on how the narrative unfolds, ask yourself why the average reader would actually care about the fictional mental problems of a fictional character.

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