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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, ...

Personality Characteristics and Successful Coping
Personality characteristics and successful coping

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

—Helen Keller

People who are successful at coping with negative events have carried a variety of labels in the psychological literature. In this chapter, we will summarize these related conceptualizations and link the common elements of these personality types. It will become clear that people tend to appraise negative events in characteristic ways and engage in certain behavioral strategies. In succeeding chapters, we will discuss the appraisal and behavioral coping processes after painting a general picture of those who are successful at coping, thereby setting the stage for survivors' perceptions of ...

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