“Trauma permanently changes us”

Catherine Woodiwiss’ “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma” gives us brave wisdom and insight into how trauma impacts us. I have quoted the first point below, please click here for the rest of this article.

Trauma permanently changes us...

This is the big, scary truth about trauma: there is no such thing as “getting over it.” The five stages of grief model marks universal stages in learning to accept loss, but the reality is in fact much bigger: a major life disruption leaves a new normal in its wake. There is no “back to the old me.” You are different now, full stop.

This is not a wholly negative thing. Healing from trauma can also mean finding new strength and joy. The goal of healing is not a papering-over of changes in an effort to preserve or present things as normal. It is to acknowledge and wear your new life — warts, wisdom, and all — with courage.

Read the full article here.

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