Essay on Trauma and Positive Psychology

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To understand positive psychology and trauma, one must first understand what each term means. First, positive psychology is the study and focus on the best in human behavior. It is a fairly new perspective being observed and used by psychologists from all over the world. The goal of positive psychology is to study and promote conditions that can help people to achieve happy, healthy, and productive lifestyles. It is derived from research and theories from many areas of psychology and tying them together while focusing on the positive aspects of human behavior. What does it mean to be positive? Being positive is displaying affirmation, acceptance, or certainty toward an object, idea, or person. “Trauma is used when describing emotionally…show more content…
67). Along with the idea of the world being shattered, one might also suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts or tendencies, and many other negative effects. One of the most common negative effects is PTSD, which is discussed below. Frequently, after a trauma, most people suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD. Post traumatic stress syndrome is “a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which physical harm occurred or was threatened” (Anxiety and Panic Disorders Health Center, 2005-2013). Normal feelings of shock, anger, fear, guilt, and nervousness are experienced more strongly and can overtake the life of someone with PTSD leaving them feeling unable to accomplish even the normal of tasks. Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three main categories; reliving, avoiding, and increased arousal. PTSD has affected an average of 7.8 million Americans at least once in their lifetime. Facing a traumatic experience, the effects trauma has on a person whether as a child, or adult, post-traumatic growth and becoming a positive survivor are the topics that will be discussed. The main question asked here is whether or not there is a way to stay positive when faced with traumatic experiences. If so, how does one deal with the
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