Post-traumatic growth research results & problems

Post-traumatic growth research needs to link with the ‘how to achieve it’

Post-traumatic growth research hasn’t asked you and I about what is our experience is of trauma recovery, or lack of recovery, however I am interested to hear from you. The difference in experience is shown very clearly between my first book and second, a workbook outlining ways that my group participants and I found helpful to recover and grow from our traumatic experiences.

The research is said to mainly ask people to estimate how much they’ve changed as a result of their trauma – which assumes first that they have recovered successfully. While this might seem like a sensible way to assess personal growth — you might ask this question of a friend or even yourself — How do we get there?

Post-traumatic growth research provides Goals in the Healing Process 🙂

Post-traumatic growth research
Release from anxiety, trauma or relationship distress is life-changing

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A key to healing is access to informed trauma healing therapy to help you achieve helpful support, possibly EMDR to facilitate your brain’s ability to process the huge disruption to how you used view the world, act and relate to others.

We are complex beings, thus I offer all of the above to help you achieve the goals outlined at the bottom.

Recommended reading for your family and friends is my first book which was written for others to understand what we’ve gone through and are processing. The second, a workbook outlines ways that my group participants and I found helpful to recover and grow from our traumatic experiences – for you to work through, and I provide the emailed version to all my clients as part of the healing journey 🙂

Post-traumatic growth research highlights

Research illustrating the lived practice of trauma therapy by 22 experienced West Australian PTSD therapists from diverse professions earned Francess Day her 1st class Honours in Psychology in 2009. A copy of the thesis is available on the link.

Post–traumatic Growth as Positive Personality Change: Evidence, Controversies and Future Directions

Quote from Abstract

This target article focuses on the construct of post–traumatic growth—positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Prominent theories of post–traumatic growth define it in terms of personality change, and as a result, this area of research should be of great interest to personality psychologists.
Despite this fact, most of the research on this topic has not been sufficiently informed by relevant research in personality psychology, and much of the extant research suffers from significant methodological limitations.
Following is a reference for the book criticised by the above authors.
The quote from Eric is  exactly what I said to myself, the day after surviving what felt like certain death for an hour or so. Soon after that, I developed a strong belief that I’d later help others survive these experiences… all at the age of 17 years and 9 months. The idea and realisation of just how lucky I was enhanced by the subsequent discovery that others were murdered less than 24hours later.
But as I was told not to speak to anybody about what had happened, in the conversation with Mum as soon as I got home, the belief was soon surpressed. She’d had to work hard to extract from me what had upset me so much, so her advice resonated with me at the time. However, Dad called the police, and a very long night ensued.

How Growth Happens: A Model for Coping with Trauma


Intro of Ch. 6 How Growth Happens: A Model for Coping with Trauma

Maybe there is a plan for me to do something important before I die. I think God was trying to get the message through that it’s time to get started.

—Eric Larsen, survivor of shark attack

In this chapter, we will “put the pieces together.” We will consider personality and the tasks and processes of coping, and how these relate to three broad categories of perceived benefits that many persons see as having arisen out of their struggle with trauma: selfconfidence, enhanced personal relationships, and changed philosophy of life. The focus of this chapter moves beyond successful coping with negative events to an accounting for how people appear to become …

Possible Areas of Growth and Change  – perhaps you’d like to rate each one 1-5 of how much you’ve achieved so far. I can help you achieve the rest 🙂
1. I changed my priorities about what is important in life.
2. I have a greater appreciation for the value of my own life.
3. I developed new interests.
4. I have a greater feeling of self-reliance.
5. I have a better understanding of spiritual matters.
6. I more clearly see that I can count on people in times of trouble.
7. I established a new path for my life.
8. I have a greater sense of closeness with others.
9. I am more willing to express my emotions.
10.I know better that I can handle difficulties.
11.I am able to do better things with my life.
12.I am better able to accept the way things work out.
13.I can better appreciate each day.
14.New opportunities are available which wouldn’t have been otherwise.
15.I have more compassion for others.
16.I put more effort into my relationships.
17.I am more likely to try to change things which need changing.
18.I have a stronger religious faith.
19.I discovered that I’m stronger than I thought I was.
20.I learned a great deal about how

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