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“There are a growing number of books on the market focusing on the history, symptomatology, and treatment of trauma and PTSD. This book provides something unique as its purpose is to highlight the ‘personal positive growth or strengthening that often occurs in persons who have faced traumatic events.’ As the book points out, this is a sadly neglected area in terms of research.… This book has something to offer to the layperson and those who have experienced a traumatic event as well as to the seasoned professional. It is written in an easily accessible style and, given the price of books these days, is also a good value for the money.” --Gladeana McMahon in British Psychological Society Counseling Psychology Review “This is a useful book, ...

Psychological Growth from Trauma: Research Findings
Psychological growth from trauma: Research findings

So much pain has to have happened for a reason.

—Salvadoran political prisoner

In Chapter 1, we saw how theologians, philosophers, and writers have recognized and described the possibility for personal growth in life traumas. We also saw how some have seen existential wisdom as dependent on the experience of these challenges, the struggle to live through them, and the changes they demand. As we reported in Chapter 2, researchers have studied extensively the negative effects of traumas as opposed to the positive impact of these events. But there has been an anecdotal and theoretical recognition of the positive effects of trauma (Caplan, 1964; Lipowski, 1970; V. Taylor, 1977), and then more solid data on this ...

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