“Instead, it’s transformative. The trauma becomes a dividing line in survivor’s lives. They are different after the event. Sometimes that change is negative – the post-traumatic stress symptoms that have received so much attention. But the change doesn’t end there. Trauma survivors are often pushed by a brush with their own mortality, by the depth of their hardship or even the suffering of others, to find more meaningful and fulfilling ways of understanding who they are and how they want to live. They struggle, but they also change for the better.”
Jim Rendon, author of an online book titled The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth, provides a hopeful and encouraging aspect of post-trauma life. His book is focused on how post-traumatic growth propels us into self-improvement and success rather than destruction. While he addresses the pain and suffering caused by trauma, he aims to promote a more positive perspective for survivors to hold; one that can uplift and inspire.
Lorna Collier, writer for The American Psychological Association, stated last year that resiliency and post-traumatic growth (PTG) are two separate entities. Resiliency is a person’s natural tendency or personal attribute to bounce back from challenging events. PTG, on the other hand, refers to someone who has difficulty bouncing back and experiencing a traumatic event that shakes their core psychologically and then ultimately finds a sense of personal growth. This process takes time, energy, and struggle – but it is possible and it’s worth it.
The Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory, developed by Tedeschi and Calhoun in 1996, seeks positive responses in five principal areas:
- Appreciation of life
- Relationships with others
- New possibilities in life
- Personal strength
- Spiritual change
If you can hone in on these components in a positive light, you may experience personal growth over a period. The benefit of this inventory is that it proves that even if there are people out there who are a little less resilient, a little confused and experiencing a lot of distress, a little broken inside and not sure of where to go, there is still a chance for growth and recovery. Many people have gone through a traumatic event and have overcome the effects. They have become stronger, more resilient, and more powerful in gaining perspective of themselves, others, and life.
If you have post-traumatic stress disorder or are having a tough time grasping the purpose of life after a traumatic event, call someone today. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255. If you are ready to begin your journey to recovery, explore your options with Avalon Malibu. Our home-like treatment center offers you the time and space that you need to get your life back on track. We believe in integrated care, meaning that we will work with you to build your mind, body, and spirit. To begin your journey today, call us at 855-807-1494.