A 2016 featured article published in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) page described the story of a woman who was a victim of a terrorist attack. After the attack, the woman went on to tell her story to others – while she experienced flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, she also experienced three other things: “a new appreciation for life, a newfound sense of personal strength, and a new focus on helping others”. Post-traumatic growth sincerely focusing on transformation that can occur after trauma; while trauma is very painful and damaging, it can also provide a person with a level of strength and courage they never would have known prior to the event. This outlook of positivity from healing is a beautiful form of resiliency – helping a person to become even stronger towards life’s obstacles.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology involved the assessment of psychological change amongst a group of emerging adults. The researchers analyzed 564 high school students on their levels of severity and number of traumatic events as well as their perceived stress, development, outlook towards the future, and more. Of their past two years’ most stressful life events, most participants experienced post-traumatic growth and therefore reported fewer stressful life events, less general stress, looking towards the future, and a greater identification with what stage they are at in life.
Post-traumatic growth may take some time because it’s a process of healing. It’s also not something that everyone reaches. It truly depends on your subjective experiences and perspective on life – however, post-traumatic growth can change your attitudes, values, and beliefs on a variety of areas of life.
In order to determine if someone is going through post-traumatic growth, there are generally 5 areas that a person has positive responses to:
- Appreciation of life
- Relationship with others
- New possibilities in life
- Personal strength
- Spiritual change
According to the article featured on APA’s website, there are 2 traits that make a person more likely to experience post-traumatic growth: openness to experience and extraversion. If you are experiencing PTSD, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about programs to assist you in the healing process. This is your time.
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