Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a theory that explains this kind of transformation following trauma. It was developed by psychologists Richard Tedeschi, PhD, and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, in the mid-1990s, and holds that people who endure psychological struggle following adversity can often see positive growth afterward.
Here are a few tips for fostering growth after post traumatic stress disorder :
- Embrace your emotions (even the less pleasant ones) – Befriend your negative emotions, and you will regain the self control that trauma has robbed you of.
- Remain anchored in the present – People who’ve been through a traumatic event tend to linger in the past. And who could blame them?
- Rewrite your personal story – The story we tell about ourselves and the events that shaped our personality, play a crucial role in post traumatic growth.
- Stick to a routine – As you can imagine, sticking to a routine is an excellent approach to post traumatic growth. Instead of spending all day feeling sorry for yourself and emanating about past struggles.
- Seek support from those who understand – Social support is perhaps one of the most popular means by which we offer aid to those who are in pain and suffering.
Traumatic experiences – as horrible as they may be – might naturally contribute to the adaptation of cognitive control skills, thereby improving survivors’ later resilience, at least for those who experienced only moderate levels of trauma.