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Growth After Trauma or Loss Part 2

In a recent article on Post-Traumatic Growth I discussed the affect of trauma on personal growth. Outcomes of trauma include such things as deeper relationships, spiritual development, more personal strength, new opportunities, and a greater appreciation for life in general.  So how does that happen? Stages of Post-Traumatic Growth   Part 1: “Shattered” When tragedy […]

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There’s Something New Besides the Shoe

The heel of my shoe fell off today and at that moment I realized how the feeling of shame had changed in my life. Flashback to the fifth grade.  In an ever-present effort to live within a $600/month income, my parents discovered a way to buy cheaper tennis shoes than the Keds at K-Mart. They […]

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Growth After Trauma or Loss

What kind of growth comes after trauma or loss? Many trauma survivors say that they’ve “grown” after their loss, but what does that actually mean? 19 year old Jane experiences the death of a close friend.  Intrusive images and thoughts bother her for months.  She keeps wondering if she could have done something to prevent […]

Motivation

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Your New Years Resolution – Is it too late?

Once a year we make these New Years resolutions. Why January 1? Who knows? New Years day just seems to add a little oomph to our motivation.  Perhaps it’s the freshness of a new year.  Or maybe it’s just the compulsiveness of not wanting to ruin a perfect streak—after all you’ve been “doing this perfectly […]

Deciding

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A Committee of Myself

The committee members are all assembled.  It’s Friday and the morning is leaning into the afternoon, the refuse of lengthy deliberations scattered around the room.  A decision has to be made.  As the chairperson, you make a final request for opinions on the issue at hand: will it be a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’? “It […]