5 Simple Questions that can Lead to Post Traumatic Growth

By Teresa Starr

March 9, 2016

Adversity, Growth, Trauma


Season 1 Episode 7 : 5 Simple Questions that can Lead to Post Traumatic Growth [Podcast]


You’ve probably probably heard of PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder, but today we’re going to talk about the amazing growth that can come from the struggle of trauma and adversity also known as post traumatic growth.

The truth is that very few of us will get through life without some sort of difficulty. In fact, studies show that about 75% of people will experience some sort of trauma in their lives. And there’s no doubt that trauma and adversity cause suffering.

But, in reality, trauma can also be a powerful force for change and good.

In the 1980s two psychologists, Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, discovered that trauma was changing people in fundamental ways. In their interviews with over 600 survivors of trauma, the majority reported that their lives had changed for the better. Further Studies have found that more than half of all trauma survivors report positive change—far more than report the much better-known post-traumatic stress disorder.

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss some of the growth that people experience as a result of trauma. We’ll also share 5 simple questions that can direct attention to the possible growth outcomes from trauma.


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