“Can Trauma Help You Grow?”


For The New Yorker, David Kushner writes about post-traumatic growth, the sense of deepened meaning that many trauma survivors experience. “The existence of post-traumatic growth suggests that, while the pain never vanishes, something new and powerful is likely to come. As my mother once told my other brother, Andy, and me, ‘It’s like, after a spring gets pushed all the way down, it rises even higher.’”

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  1. In commercial recovery there’s seems (to me) to be a taboo about overcoming extreme life experience. But people do this all the time.

    Accounts of recovery from extreme life experience can be heard every day of the week in peer support groups.

    It’s probably also reasonable to expect recovered people to be well equipped at dealing with life’s normal problems.

    If people get better, they get better!

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