Loneliness takes a toll on many aspects of health, in part because it activates a fight -or-flight immune response. That may have helped ancestors survive lonely exile, but can slowly kill us today.
Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue.
Our wounds, our failures and our challenges eventually heal. And if we’re lucky, we become stronger because of them. Today I want to make sure:
- You heal stronger.
- You don’t bounce back, you bounce forward.
- You recover better.
What do we do when bad things happen to good people? Failures, challenges and mistakes… they happen to the best of us. I want to introduce you to a completely new way of thinking about the bad things that happened to us. Specifically, this is a concept called:
Post Traumatic Growth: (PTG) The positive mental shift experienced as a result of adversity.
We hear a lot about the devastating effects of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but researchers Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun discovered an interesting phenomenon that can happen after someone experiences a trauma. They found that people often report ways in which their psychological functioning increases after they have experienced a challenge. In other words, in certain circumstances, our mind can grow from difficulty.
Tedeschi found that across a wide range of negative experiences, as many as 90% of survivors report at least one Post Traumatic Growth benefit.
Life After Trauma
I want to be really clear on something: PTG does not imply that trauma is not destructive and challenging. And it does not say that victims should be able to simply bounce back to ‘normal’ life after adversity. Rather, PTG evidence shows us that over time people can reap benefits from their adversity.
Post Traumatic Growth holds a very important idea:
We don’t bounce back from challenges, we bounce forward.
Post Traumatic Growth Areas:
There are some specific areas that researchers have found change after adversity.
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