Post-Traumatic Growth: Evidence, Controversies, New Directions
Many have argued that experiencing some adversity is a necessary condition for the full development of one's personality, and psychologists have further demonstrated that adversity can lead to the development of post-traumatic growth (PTG) - positive psychological changes that people notice in their relationships, priorities in life, and self-perception after experiences of adversity (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). However, research into PTG has been severely critiqued, as many researchers question the veracity of self-perceived PTG, arguing instead that these reports may reflect motivated positive illusions. In this talk, I will discuss theories and controversies surrounding PTG, discuss relevant research findings, and outline some ways forward for rigorous research.
This event is sponsored by the Global Mental Health Initiative