The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

by Edith Shiro
The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

by Edith Shiro


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A groundbreaking approach to healing from trauma and experiencing posttraumatic growth from a leading psychologist, featuring a powerful, five-stage framework to help readers not just recover, but thrive and transform. 

Trauma has always been part of the human experience, and traumatic events—both physical and emotional—can shake our very foundation and leave us forever changed. While we know more about the lasting neurological and physical effects of trauma than we did a decade ago, few people realize that experiencing trauma doesn’t have to sentence you to a lifetime of suffering and grief.

In this first book of its kind, renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Edith Shiro shares a powerful, five-stage framework for posttraumatic growth, a transformational process that helps you not just heal, but achieve growth and expand consciousness in the face of trauma. Inspired by her grandparents, who were refugees and Holocaust survivors, Dr. Shiro has dedicated her life to individuals, families, and communities facing trauma and its aftereffects. Developed over more than twenty-five years of research and practice, Dr. Shiro’s stages—Awareness, Awakening, Becoming, Being, and Transforming— provide a universal language and outline how trauma can be a catalyst for transformative growth.

Grounded in science and psychology, and filled with practical tools and takeaways, The Unexpected Gift of Trauma offers a bold a new definition of trauma, touching on individual as well as collective and intergenerational trauma. Dr. Shiro brings the power of posttraumatic growth to the forefront and reveals a groundbreaking new way to think about and heal from traumatic experiences. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358713661
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2023
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 242,043
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Edith Shiro is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Miami, Florida. She specializes in trauma and posttraumatic growth, holding space and guiding her patients to achieve greater potential and higher consciousness. Dr. Shiro is co-founder of the Trauma and Resilience Center, board member of the World Happiness Foundation, and an active member of Cadena International, providing humanitarian aid and disaster prevention worldwide. She has worked at the Clinic for Survivors of Torture at Bellevue Hospital, the Cambodian refugee clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, and the Human Rights Clinical Support Network at REFUGE, among others. She continues to offer workshops on trauma-based therapy for mental health professionals since 9/11. She is a frequent guest on various TV shows, podcasts, and radio programs.  

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Understanding Posttraumatic Growth

1 The Framework 3

2 The Trauma of Everyday Life 15

3 What Is Posttraumatic Growth? 45

4 Floating Factors 71

5 The Intergenerational Legacy of Trauma 97

6 From Collective Trauma to Collective Growth 121

Part II Moving Through the Stages

7 The Stage of Awareness: Radical Acceptance 153

8 The Stage of Awakening: Safety and Protection 169

9 The Stage of Becoming: A New Narrative 193

10 The Stage of Being: Integration 219

11 The Stage of Transforming: Wisdom and Growth 233

12 Staying Elevated 265

Posttraumatic Growth Inventory 281

Psychological Well-Being Posttraumatic Changes Questionnaire 285

Acknowledgments 287

Referneces 293

Index 299

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