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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, ...

Tasks and Cognitive Processes in Coping with Trauma
Tasks and cognitive processes in coping with trauma

Cancer is a cosmic slap in the face. You either get discouraged or ennobled by it.

—Richard Belzer

In this chapter, we consider the main tasks that confront those people who are facing traumatic events. We will examine the cognitive strategies that enable people confronting trauma to complete these tasks and to formulate adaptive behavior that will address other tasks that require specific action. In the process of working on these tasks, people find the benefits to which we have referred in Chapter 3. The event itself is less important than the factors that influence how it is experienced in determining its psychological impact.

The variety of tasks that lay the foundation for ...

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