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WHAT IS POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH? (Neuroplasticity and Healing Through Trauma PTSD)

Released Monday, 29th November 2021
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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.
"People develop new understandings of themselves, the world they live in, how to relate to other people, the kind of future they might have and a better understanding of how to live life," says Tedeschi.
Signs of post-traumatic growth
PTG can be confused with resilience, but the two are different constructs (see "The post-traumatic growth inventory" below).
"PTG is sometimes considered synonymous with resilience because becoming more resilient as a result of struggle with trauma can be an example of PTG—but PTG is different from resilience, says Kanako Taku, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Oakland University, who has both researched PTG and experienced it as a survivor of the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan.
"Resiliency is the personal attribute or ability to bounce back," says Taku. PTG, on the other hand, refers to what can happen when someone who has difficulty bouncing back experiences a traumatic event that challenges his or her core beliefs, endures psychological struggle (even a mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder), and then ultimately finds a sense of personal growth. It's a process that "takes a lot of time, energy and struggle," Taku says.
Someone who is already resilient when trauma occurs won't experience PTG because a resilient person isn't rocked to the core by an event and doesn't have to seek a new belief system, explains Tedeschi. Less resilient people, on the other hand, may go through distress and confusion as they try to understand why this terrible thing happened to them and what it means for their world view.
To evaluate whether and to what extent someone has achieved growth after a trauma, psychologists use a variety of self-report scales. One that was developed by Tedeschi and Calhoun is the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) (Journal of Traumatic Stress, 1996). It looks for positive responses in five areas:

Appreciation of life.
Relationships with others.
New possibilities in life.
Personal strength.
Spiritual change.

The scale is being revised to add new items that will expand the "spiritual change" domain, says Tedeschi. This is being done "to incorporate more existential themes that should resonate with those who are more secular" as well as reflect cross-cultural differences in perceptions of spirituality.
Neuroplasticity and Trauma- Can Brain Science Give Us a New Perspective on Healing?
PAT OGDEN ( https://www.nicabm.com/faculty/pat-ogden/ )
Pat Ogden, PhD is one of the most well-known trauma and psychotherapy experts in the world today. Listen as she talks about how the brain works, and how we can use brain science to improve brain function and brain health. Neuroplasticity is an important concept, and Pat Ogden offers us valuable insight into the world of brain health. ( http://youtu.be/-GRS5BduARE )


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