Post-traumatic Growth

July 6, 2014

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Have you heard of post-traumatic growth, or PTG? Some have called it the opposite of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), but I find such a definition limited. PTG is positive changes or growth an individual has as a result of overcoming a traumatic event. Those who undergo PTG experience one of more of the following:

  1. Spiritual growth – “finding God” or growing in existing faith.
  2. Improved relationships with others. More compassion for others, and a deeper desire to connect.
  3. See new possibilities for life. Consider doing things once thought impossible and set new goals.
  4. Improvement in self-image. Become more accepting and forgiving of limitations and past mistakes while seeing in themselves strengths and abilities they never saw before.
  5. A new view of life. More forgiving and eager to offer grace. Less materialistic and vindictive. A change in what matters and what doesn’t.

Death of a child © Micha Klootwijk |

Traumatic events don’t always result in growth. Those who have a strong faith going in are more likely to grow because of trauma. Women are more likely to experience PTG than men, and those who have good social connections are better at PTG.

I’ve seen PTG in couples. Some couples are stronger and healthier after an affair, loss of a child, or going bankrupt. There’s a lot of pain and difficult times, but in the end, their marriage is better than before. Traumatic events always change a couple, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

What’s the point of all this? I want you to understand disaster doesn’t have to ruin you or your marriage. It may not be as simple as making a choice, but then again it may be. At the very least, I want you to know tragedy can end well. The next time you face something horrible, consider the possibility some great good could come from how you react.


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  1. […] The Generous Husband blog recently wrote about the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), which means the changes or growth that occur after an individual or a couple has overcome a traumatic event. “Disaster does not have to ruin you or your marriage,” he writes, adding that tragedy can end well. Those who experience PTG experience one or more of the following: 1) Spiritual growth 2) improved relationship with others 3) See new possibilities/goals for life 4) improvement in self-image or 5) a new more positive view on life. […]

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