We’re all familiar with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Soldiers and people who have experienced a traumatic event often suffer from this. It’s a real and difficult thing people face so I don’t want to diminish it, but did you know that post-traumatic growth is more common than post-traumatic stress? That’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? Researchers Richard Tedeschi, PhD and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, found over 90% of people who endured some major trauma, experienced a positive transformation over the long term. They all had their lives transformed by an experience, whether it was surviving a plane crash or surviving a health crisis.
In order to understand their transformation and how they perceived their life, we must look at some key factors: Number one, they realized the importance of their relationships. Secondly, their self-esteem increased because they survived, and lastly, their lives became more meaningful. There is an interesting correlation between how you perceive your past and how you perceive your future. It’s not what happened to you but how you perceive what happened.
Friend, the difference for those who overcame trauma through post-traumatic growth is based on the meaning they assigned to that event! When you experience personal trauma, you may say you will never move forward in that damaged area of your life and question why this bad thing happened to you in the first place. Or, you can say God allowed that experience to happen to help you find a greater purpose. It’s not that I want to minimize your trauma because those horrible situations are tough. But I want to give you hope that after you grieve, and you should, God will give you a kind of superpower that will help you grow as a person.