Posttraumatic Growth

A recent article in Common Ground magazine by Michaela Haas explores a new concept of posttraumatic growth. Coined by researchers Tedeschi and Calhoun at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the words give description to what the researchers have witnessed in participants recovering from trauma – growth. The five main areas they have found that clients report growth include, though are not limited to: personal strength, deeper relationships with others, new perspectives on life, appreciation of life, and spirituality. Their findings show that as many as 90% of survivors report at least one aspect of traumatic growth. So while posttraumatic stress can be quite challenging and is typically not something one would choose, it is vital to bring attention to the various kinds of growth that can emerge from it.

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