Posted on October 28, 2013 in Blog
What is Post Traumatic Growth?
You’ve heard of Post-Traumatic Stress. But what about Post Traumatic Growth?
Coined in the mid-1990’s by UNC psychology professor Dr. Richard Tedeschi, Post-traumatic Growth, PTG, is the positive psychological change that leads a client to adapt, find a positive way of understanding the world and their place in it after experiencing a post-traumatic stress event.
How a person approaches their new post-trauma reality is crucial in determining the extent of their growth. In their journey to PTG, clients learn that positive growth and distress can co-exist as they learn new ways of adapting to extremely negative events and lingering circumstances.
This type of growth can be measured using a 21-item questionnaire called a Post-traumatic Growth Inventory, PTGI, that asks people to rate how they have changed for the better as a result of a stressful event. PTGI measures five dimensions of this positive growth:
• Relation to Others – To what extent does the person experience greater intimacy with others and compassion for their circumstances?
• New Possibilities – Does the patient recognize and is he open to the possibilities of exploring new roles and meeting new people?
• Personal Strength – Does she have a greater sense of personal strength?
• Spiritual Change – How does spiritual development play a role now? How have his priorities changed?
• Appreciation of Life – How much greater is her appreciation of life?
These new vistas of growth are attained when the client persists in the pursuit of deep inner inquiry and positive outcomes and as they reflect on elements of the events. It is not easy, but very rewarding. By attaining new skills and perspectives the client can find a way to repair and restructure a new worldview and deepen understanding of their capacity for self-healing and growth.
By taking actions on each of the areas measured in the PTGI, one can choose to move beyond the trauma of the event into a greater personal power:
• Relation to Others – Reach out to others and develop vulnerability. Name your feelings and ask for help.
• New Possibilities – Explore what else is possible. Notice, research and make up other choices and alter your point of view. Ask and to explore “What else is possible?”
• Personal Strength – Notice that you have survived and what you have accomplished. Reward yourself with gratitude and appreciation.
• Spiritual Change – Find a path of connecting with something greater than yourself that resonates with you. Nature, meditation, prayer or artistic expression can be pathways to finding greater peace and personal satisfaction.
• Appreciation of Life – Keeping a gratitude journal is a delightful way to keep your joy coffer full! Being aware of what is right focuses the brain to look for more of the same and therefore increases your chances for having more positives show up in your life.
You are not alone. Personal traumatic events are particular to individuals, but suffering is felt by all humans.
As you allow yourself to transform your relationship to the traumatic event by accepting your tender humanness, gentle growth will replace stress.
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