Healing Through Trauma
Although trauma can destroy some people's sense of meaning and purpose, it does not necessarily do so. People are meaning-making beings. For example, two people in the same situation may perceive that situation differently, with one feeling the world is dangerous and unpredictable and that people cannot be trusted, while the second feels supported and protected by friends and family.
What can help people maintain or create a positive sense of meaning following trauma? These are some common recommendations:
Some people may find it easy to do these things on their own or with the support of their family and friends. Others, however, often need more support. A psychologist or other mental health clinician can be very helpful throughout this process.
the Interpersonal Violence Committee, September 2019