There are five dimensions of post-traumatic growth which are all key development areas for the individual. These dimensions have been identified by psychologists Tedeschi and Calhoun. Each dimension can be developed further so that they become more applicable to everyday life.
The five dimensions are:
‘• Personal strength
• Closer relationships
• Greater appreciation of life
• New possibilities
• Spiritual development
The good news is that changes in these areas are likely to happen naturally over time.
Developing personal strength
Your greatest potential for growth comes from developing your strengths rather than focusing on fixing your weaknesses. For anyone rebuilding their life after trauma it’s helpful to look to your strengths for a clue as to how to move forward in the most positive direction. They represent you at your best – your positive characteristics (personal or character strengths) and your talents (performance strengths). Finding new ways to use these character strengths has been found to increase well being and lower depression symptoms.
Enjoying greater appreciation of life
Having your life or well-being feel threatened in some way can certainly stop you from taking it for granted. As such, gratitude is a frequent outcome of PTG. Pro-active gratitude practices include counting your blessings – such as listing three good things a day or writing a gratitude journal – a diary of all the positive events in your life, which you can savour whenever you need a boost. I’ve been keeping gratitude journals for over 20 years and it has changed my life. I went from having a scarcity mindset, aware of everything that was missing in my life, to a much happier abundance mindset, appreciating what I do have.’
– From #WhatIs Post-Traumatic Growth? by Miriam Akhtar
Do you have any personal experience with these key dimensions?
Explanations into the three other dimensions can be found in #WhatIs Post-Traumatic Growth?
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