• Leila Ainge

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Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Psychology suggests that when we go through trauma we experience growth* as well as stress.

I had my own experience of trauma followed by growth after the birth of my son, it’s what inspired me to become a psychologist. You may or may not identify wth the phrase of 'collective trauma'⁠ that is being used to describe our experience of the pandemic. ⁠ But the possibility of collective growth is absolutely something we can and should make space for. ⁠ ⁠ Tedeschi says that this type of growth happens naturally but can be helped through five different elements⁠, one of these is the way we talk about possibilities. ⁠

He encourages us to frame what has happened in the way we talk to ourselves and others about the event. For me, the simplest way to do this has been to think about the possibilities that the pandemic has and will bring me

💛The long summer of 2020 at home with my kid in the garden, growing peas instead of going on the school run⁠ ⁠

💛The possibility for our family to locate anywhere and work anywhere in the world in the future⁠

💛The possibility to use my experience of remote working to support for other businesses 💛The possibility to use my change management skills to lead organisations through challenging IT changes overnight

Ho do you respond to Growth? take the inventory questionnaire here

⁠*Richard Tedeschi - Psychologist who has extensively researched post traumatic growth ⁠ ⁠

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