Post-Traumatic Growth: A Paradigm for Psychological Change
Keywords:post-traumatic growth, post-ecstatic growth, psychological change, growth, trauma
Traumatic or difficult life experiences happen to nearly everyone. Most individuals have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It is understood that traumatic events are problematic both in the immediate present and the emotional long run. Negative impacts of difficult or unfair situations have been researched to a considerable length. Less well-known and considered are the positive repercussions from an event that pushes us to or past our limits. This idea of finding or recognizing the positive effects of dealing with difficult challenges is called post-traumatic growth (PTG). This term highlights the idea that traumatic events can give a person new purpose and strength. Finding this strength and determination inside oneself can be beneficial in many aspects of life. This mindset is hard-earned and a valuable tool in life. Post-traumatic growth can be found in resilient people who experience challenges and persevere. It gives one the opportunity to find and realize what makes life worth living, and in process inspires people to live a life that they are proud of. This lowers regrets at the end of life and provides a feeling of fulfillment to those who experience this growth. This review will explore the concept of PTG, how this affects a person neurologically and throughout their lives, as well as how to obtain the benefits of PTG without experiencing traumatic situations (post-ecstatic growth). The review will also focus on what characteristics, mindsets, and paradigm a person may adopt to harness the power of PTG to change their lives.
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