If ever there was a time to embrace the idea of Post Traumatic Growth it is now. But most people find it an enigma, or they don’t believe it’s possible to grow from a traumatic event.
Therefore, we should look a little closer at the opportunity to view our situations as challenges, not problems to combat.
Consider that most diets fail. Attempts to get on a fitness regimen remain just that, an attempt.
Don’t get frustrated and ruminate on the inability to lose weight as a problem. Look a little closer.
The real issue with overeating, chronic inertia, or an unhealthy dependence on stimulants has more to do with profound emotional suffering or some hunger of the mind or heart.
Alcoholics Anonymous has figured this out. They’ve seen good people stuck in addiction, and what resulted was the 12-Step Program.
This Program was criticized early on for having no scientific validation. But who can argue with results?
Weight Watchers now follows the 12-Step Program along with Overeaters, Gamblers, and Narcotics Anonymous.
What they figured out by way of studying and noticing is addicts crave to satisfy some desire, to scratch an itch that turns out is deeper and only satisfied on the surface.
I could site research here and give you the names of psychologists who specialize in this area.
But it’s more effective if you can see this playout.
The 2018 movie Don’t Worry; He Won’t Get Far on Foot starring Juaquin Phoenix tells this story. It’s based on the true story of John Callahan.
In just two hours, you can see how human nature works, how by default, we run away, avoid pain, deceive ourselves, get ourselves in trouble, and dig a deeper hole.
It shows dramatically how desire, commitment, the right tools, and support brings about Post Traumatic Growth.
From the depths of trauma, despair, and seemingly nothingness, growth happens!
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus