The folks over at Psych Central have another book review up that I think might be of interest to abuse survivors, many of whom may see a bit of themselves in this:
If you told most people that after a traumatic event, they could feel stronger, more open to new experiences, more appreciative of life, a deepened sense of spirituality and closer, more authentic relationships, they might tell you that it sounds unbelievable.
But according to the authors of The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook Richard Tedeschi and Brett Moore, what I am describing is indeed very real, and very relevant.
I haven’t read the book, but it does seem to offer an interesting premise, that trauma does create a lot of negative impacts, but working through those impacts also presents the opportunity to grow and strengthen ourselves in ways that were not available without it.
What do you think? Are there things in yourself that you can look at and see only exist because of your trauma, and the work you did to deal with it?