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"These severely traumatized patients, people who have been through living nightmares, people who might blamelessly choose death, often emerge from successful treatment by constructing lives for themselves that are freer than most ordinary lives from what Sigmund Freud, a century ago, labeled as “everyday misery.” They become true keepers of the faith and are the most passionately alive people I know.”

― Martha Stout, The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness
 

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“Of Post-Traumatic Growth:

Rich Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun coined the term in 1995, when they noticed that some people did not recover from their traumatic experiences in a typically resilient fashion. Rather than return to their set point, everything about them radically changed: their worldviews, their goals in life, their friendships.

"It's not just bouncing back," Tedeschi explains. "Most people talk about that as resilience. We distinguish from resilience because this is transformative. "

"The one thing that overwhelmingly predicts it is the extent to which you say, "My core beliefs were shaken,'" Calhoun adds.

What kind of core beliefs? "The degree to which the world is just," Tedeschi says, "or that people are benevolent or that the future is something that you can control. Beliefs about, basically, how life works.”

― Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
 
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“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness” ~ Peter Levine
 

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"When soldiers go overseas, we give them warrior ceremonies to armor and protect them against the battle. When the soldier comes back, we have to remove that armor, to help him reconnect with his home."

~ Alfred Gibson
 

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"You're alert all the time. If you're not alert, you're going to die." ~ Richard Tangel
 

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"People with PTSD treat their intrusive images and sensations as evidence that the trauma is happening now."

~ Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., author of Don't Believe Everything You Feel
 

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"Previous research has shown that emergency workers who adopted the abstract processing approach showed poorer coping. Another study compared abstract and concrete processing of negative events and found that the abstract thinkers experienced a longer period of low mood."
 

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Somatic experiencing therapy is a type of alternative therapy geared towards helping people find healing from trauma. ... Many people who have experienced trauma, especially those who have experienced physical trauma such as domestic violence or sexual assault, can dissociate or disconnect from their bodies.
 

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