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What Is Post-Traumatic Growth And Can We Heal From Trauma?

Discover EMDR therapy, a new way to experience post-traumatic growth and heal from trauma

Post-traumatic growth is a type of awareness that occurs after a traumatic event when a person shifts their mindset and adopts a different approach to life. It is a natural human capacity that allows individuals to heal and learn from the hard times lived, and nowadays it is becoming more and more visible thus people are beginning to talk about it more often, sharing some light on the topic.

In this article, you can find useful information about post-traumatic growth and how eye movement therapy is helping millions of patients overcome their trauma.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Definition & Importance

Post-traumatic growth was first established as a theory in the mid-1990s by two psychologists with PHDs, Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun. According to the American Physiological Association, the theory holds that “people who endure psychological struggle following adversity can often see positive growth afterward”.

In essence, post-traumatic growth resembles a person’s personal growth after a traumatic event that tends to become a setback in their life. Post-traumatic growth has a few characteristic traits that help people identify their situation and position towards it such as developing personal strength, appreciating life, creating healthy relationships with others, and facing a spiritual change.

Tedeschi explained that there might be some traits that determine people’s likeliness to experience post-traumatic growth, openness to experience, and extraversion being the two predominant ones due to some individuals being more prone to open up and reconsider their belief systems. Furthermore, age also plays a significant role in this because young children have fewer chances to develop the cognitive capacity that is required to experience post-traumatic growth, whereas adolescents and adults do.