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Post Traumatic Growth

Coping With Crucibles

Bill George | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Bill George

All of us face trials in our lives. How can you respond to your crucible to transform your deep feelings of loss -- which are real and natural -- into opportunities for personal growth?

Why Some People Really Do Grow Stronger In The Face Of Tragedy

Posted 07.15.2015 | OWN

By Ginny Graves At 16, my nephew, Kent—an engaging, energetic Indiana kid—was taken by a wildfire-fast leukemia. The cancer spread with suc...

Newtown, 730 Days Later: Lessons Learned

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

For those who have suffered since Newtown and for those who predictably will suffer in the months to come, a few lessons learned in hindsight from one Newtown Resident.

The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.

On Pain and How to Handle It

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Except for a few rough patches, I've been blessed with a pretty healthy, pain-free life so far. So when debilitating pain like this comes along, it whacks me upside the head like a cosmic mallet, as if to say, "Pay attention! There's stuff to be learned here."

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

Chronic Illness' Opportunity for Patients and Providers

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

While I don't think anyone with a chronic illness would chose it, many of us have found it has added something to our lives we're not sure we want to give up. And in many ways, it has made us the best of ourselves.

Where Light Enters

Ellen Magnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

We must all become more aware of how to better protect our children and how to recognize and report abuse. We cannot save them all, but maybe we can open our eyes just a little more today to the realities and suffering of children in our midst.

Life Is a Game, Play Without Regret

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 11.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Ryan Williams

I was sad, my ex-husband was sad, our three children were sad. Divorce is the very definition of trauma. A bomb explodes in the middle of your life and you're left, shell-shocked, wondering what in the hell happened. How did we get here?

The Real Gift

Candace Deal | Posted 03.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Candace Deal

Cost was not an issue on any level because the benefits Kramer catalogs lean toward the sort that no amount of money can buy: peace, love, serenity, humility, happiness, redefinition of faith, and more meaningful relationships with others. How does one arrive at this summation, to view and accept a brain tumor as a great gift?

To Hell And Back With Gifts

Tzipi Weiss | Posted 03.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Tzipi Weiss

Survivors can learn to avoid worrying about the small stuff and attend to the awe and wonder all around us. But how does this dramatic transformation happen?

Can A Tragedy Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You?

Douglas C. Johnson | Posted 03.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Douglas C. Johnson

We know that suffering is amplified when we don't see it coming, when we don't have any control over it, and when it's something we've never had to deal with before. All of which makes Stacey Kramer, and those who respond to suffering like she has, even more remarkable.

Can Trauma Really Be A Gift?

Lawrence G. Calhoun | Posted 03.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Lawrence G. Calhoun

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt may make the pain meaningful and bearable, but growth does not undo loss and it does not eliminate adversity. So what can Stacey's experience teach us?

How My Brain Tumor Was The Most Unexpected Gift I Received

Stacey Kramer | Posted 03.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Stacey Kramer

2013-03-14-stacey_kramer_banner_real.jpgI lost a friend and colleague last spring. His diagnosis was way worse than mine. He was not so lucky.

What Doesn't Kill Us: Post-traumatic Growth

Stephen Joseph | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Stephen Joseph

Are there ways in which I have found a greater understanding of life and how to live it? Are there ways in which I find myself being more grateful for what I have and for those around me?

We Are All Affected By the Sandy Hook Massacre

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
Lee Daniel Kravetz

The truth is, near or far, we are all affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Given the quick and thorough media coverage, when the unspeakably horrible happens, we are all connected to it -- and it's easy to overlook the emotional effects.

Veterans' Anguish and Post-Traumatic Growth

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

"Cheer up and think positive" is not the way forward. It takes the loving heart of community, skilled steady helping hands, and the courage to paddle, for us to experience real post-traumatic growth and to come back to life.

How Adversity Can Lead To 'Post-Traumatic Growth'

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

No one chooses to be struck by a natural disaster, and we would never wish it upon another. But when things do happen, might we use them to become stronger?