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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Life changing events can enter our lives at anytime in many different ways.
Our survival instincts of fight, flight or freeze may be activated at a single traumatic event or when enduring accumulation of significant stressful challenges over a period of time.
To help explain the terminology of Post Traumatic Growth below is an online interview by:
Soaringwords who are a community organisation based in New York
with Dr Richard Tedeschi is a Psychology at North Carolina.
A single traumatic event or accumulation of significant stressful challenges could create what is called Post Traumatic Stress (Disorder/Injury). Experts say this is an emotional injury sustained when faced with exposure to life threatening events such as War or Torture, Natural Disaster, Physical, Sexual or Verbal Assult, Life Threatening Illnesses, Bullying, Accidents or any other events where people feel emotionally numb.
It takes time to process trauma and everyone will process their experience at a different rate. Courage and determination are
key factors to achieve Post Traumatic Growth living.
Positive psychological change towards improving emotional, physical, economic and environmental wellness occurs in little steps. Accepting responsibility for how we feel, how we treat ourselves and others, moves us towards wellness.
In the process of dealing with trauma you may experience the harsh reality of loss and grief. This can occur through:
~ The death of a loved one.
~ Life threatening or prolonged illness.
~ Seperation or divorce.
~ Loss of friendships.
~ Loss of personnal assets including home and/or income.
~ Loss of employment: demotion or retrenchment.
~ Accident and injury.
Experts tell us there are 5 stages of coping with loss and grief which you may or may not experience. These include:
If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms or are concerned for others who may be experiencing them you are not alone and there is nothing to be ashamed about asking for professional help.
more info at
Australian Centre For Posttraumatic Mental Health
Better Health Channel
links to other resources that may assist you