Arwin Bird photo by Stewart Harvey
Now don’t start throwing things. No one invites trauma into their life and no one but a wild-eyed terrorist or one of those sickos on Criminal Minds would wish it on any other human. Trauma is bad. Paralysis is bad. Losing a child is bad. But once traumatized, there are various ways to deal with it. This is a story that explores one of those ways — an academic-born theory called “Posttraumatic Growth,” the seemingly outrageous but surprisingly commonsensical idea that certain forms of trauma can help usher in — alongside the pain, sadness, depression and cynicism – positive transformations of one kind or another.
My own interest in this idea grew