Post Traumatic Growth
There’s a lot of work being done to build resiliency and shorten recovery time from mental injuries…which is great. Our goal is to get back to where we were before, get there quickly and build resilience so it’s less likely to happen again – but what if we could be better than before?
A number of literatures, religions, and philosophies throughout human history have conveyed the idea that there is personal gain to be found in suffering. A re-wiring of your mind that is a result of the healing process may make you the best you ever. Not only to recover but to thrive! Post traumatic growth isn’t about recovery, it’s about reconfiguration that results in changes in self perception, perspectives on life and changes in relationships. Do you want to remain impaired? Or do you want to do the necessary healing work to rewire your brain and thrive?
This image shows a Phoenix growing from the paramedic as he transforms his broken mind and thrives to become a better man than he was before his injury. Our goal shouldn’t be to recover, it should be to reconfigure and thrive!
From Emergency Response Portraits