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Does gratitude have a place to play in resilience?

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An interesting study just published in the journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, looked at recovery rates of people traumatised following campus shootings in the US and Norway and what helped the most.

Trauma – it’s not all negative

What recent research has discovered is that trauma is not all negative. Most of us will experience a trauma at some point in our lives, even if it is not as dramatic as a terrorist incident, warfare or a college shooting as was the focus of this study. The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an assault or an accident are all examples of traumatic incidents.

Two post-trauma responses

Post-traumatic responses fall into two categories:

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress, and
  2. Post-Traumatic Growth.

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