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Post Traumatic Growth

Updated: May 5, 2022

As a clinician we look at the impacts of trauma in a person’s life. While there is a bearing witness to painful experiences, there is also an amazing privilege that we get to watch. This includes the discovery and existence of great resiliency realized at a deeper measure. Fashioned from the most difficult of places can emerge what is known as Post Traumatic Growth.

Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)-, defined as positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning”- Tedeschi and Calhoun.

There are five areas that are prominent: ones appreciation of life, discovery of strength, seeing new possibilities, change spiritually, and deeper relationship with others.

Appreciation of Life- Gratitude that they survived, aiding in identifying what’s most important in the here and now.

Relationships With Others- New discoveries of those around them, relationships may take on new meaning.

New Possibilities in Life- Can help reprioritize and revaluate life goals.

Personal Strength- People may discover levels of resiliency and strength they did not know they had.

Spiritual Change- Prior beliefs can be strengthened or new ones emerge.

Video On Post Traumatic Growth- Dr Richard Tedeschi


Posttraumatic growth. (2019, April 18). Psychology Today.

Post traumatic growth: Finding meaning after trauma. (2020, September 28). Choosing Therapy.

Posttraumatic growth. (2019, April 18). Psychology Today.

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