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What Is Transformation?
What is transformation?

In this chapter, we will explore multidisciplinary perspectives on personal transformation. Transformation is viewed as an intentional process in which the person gradually uses her trauma as an opportunity for increased growth and service to others. Although transformation can occur after any kind of trauma, this chapter will focus particularly on the transformation of sociohistorical trauma.

Especially for oppressed populations, transformation is associated with the empowerment necessary to protect and improve their lives. For more privileged populations, transformation also provides opportunity for people to use their privilege in ways that support the self-empowerment of others less fortunate. In the transformation process, growth is most significant in those whose development was frozen in response to sociohistorical trauma. Transformation is particularly relational (or ...

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