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The struggle of adversity.

Updated: Mar 2

The paradox of life is often found embedded in some quirky saying like, "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger", and data indicates that for many individuals the encounter with very negative events can also produce positive psychological change (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2006). But why do I have to have experience the darkness to understand the brighter side?

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a concept that has gained significant attention in the field of psychology, highlighting the potential for positive personal transformation following a traumatic event. While trauma can be profoundly challenging, it can also serve as a catalyst for growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Now, let's define post-traumatic stress and discuss the importance of achieving post-traumatic growth, along with how the Tactful Disruption®️ Heal the Ages©️ program supports this behavior.

Definition of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD):

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It is characterized by a range of symptoms, including intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, heightened arousal, avoidance behaviors, and negative changes in mood and cognition. PTSD can significantly impact an individual's daily functioning and overall well-being (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Importance of Achieving Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG):

Post-traumatic growth is the process of positive psychological change that can occur in the aftermath of trauma. It represents an individual's ability to not only cope with the negative consequences of a traumatic experience but to emerge from it with newfound strength, resilience, and personal growth (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). Achieving PTG is important for several reasons.

1. Enhanced Resilience: PTG fosters greater resilience, enabling individuals to better cope with future challenges and stressors.

2. Improved Well-Being: PTG is associated with improved mental and emotional well-being, including greater life satisfaction and reduced symptoms of PTSD (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2006).

3. Deeper Self-Understanding: Trauma often prompts individuals to reevaluate their values, priorities, and life goals, leading to a deeper understanding of themselves.

4. Positive Relationships: PTG can enhance interpersonal relationships, as individuals may develop a greater capacity for empathy and connection with others (Linley & Joseph, 2004).

How Heal the Ages©️ Supports PTG:

The Tactful Disruption®️ Heal the Ages©️ program recognizes the importance of post-traumatic growth and offers comprehensive support to individuals seeking to achieve it.

1. Holistic Approach: The program addresses not only recent traumas but also unresolved issues from the past, taking a holistic view of an individual's life experiences.

2. Expert Guidance: Experienced therapists and coaches lead the program, providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to process their traumas and work toward growth.

3. Customized Support: Each participant receives a personalized approach tailored to their unique needs and goals, recognizing that every journey to PTG is individualized. A combination of tools, tips and techniques for you to navigate your loved experience.

4. Empowerment: The program empowers individuals to develop coping strategies, emotional regulation skills, and a sense of agency over their lives, facilitating their journey toward post-traumatic growth.

In conclusion, achieving post-traumatic growth is vital for individuals who have experienced trauma, as it enables them to not only recover but to thrive and grow from their experiences. The Heal the Ages©️ program recognizes the significance of PTG and provides a comprehensive and personalized approach to support individuals on their path to healing, resilience, and positive transformation.


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2006). The foundations of posttraumatic growth: An expanded framework. In L. G. Calhoun & R. G. Tedeschi (Eds.), Handbook of posttraumatic growth: Research and practice (pp. 1-23).

Linley, P. A., & Joseph, S. (2004). Positive change following trauma and adversity: A review. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 17(1), 11-21.

Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (2004). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations and empirical evidence. Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 1-18.


Ari McGrew, chief creative officer and founder of Tactful Disruption®️, is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University where she teaches psychotherapies and counseling theories. She's also an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council, ForbesBLK, and a PESI global partner.

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