Trauma Narrative: Recovery and Posttraumatic Growth – A Clinical Perspective
Kate Szymanski and Nancy Rosenfeld
Psychologists are faced with narratives of personal experience and use them to change lives by constructing new, more integrated ones. Despite the universality of the narrative, survivors of trauma often silence themselves or are silenced because it is too difficult to tell and to listen. Nonetheless, a primary way individuals make sense of any experience, particularly of trauma, is by casting it in a narrative form. Personal narratives are the means by which we bring order. The primary tool for the development of a coherent self- narrative not only facilitates recovery, but can also promote transcendence of tragic experience. Posttraumatic growth refers to positive psychological change developed as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances.
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