“I see a world where everyone has access to the skills of goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, leadership, personal finance, etiquette, stress reduction, and much more. I’m convinced that these skills could have prevented some of the disasters I have seen. More importantly, they provide the foundation for people to not just survive but thrive.” – Dr. Randall Bell
Dr. Randall Bell is an economist, sociologist and a world authority on post traumatic thriving. He has consulted on major disasters worldwide, including the largest climate, environmental and terrorist cases, such as Hurricane Katrina, the Bikini Atoll nuclear test sites, and the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center. Dr. Bill is the author of Post –Traumatic Thriving: The Art, Science and Stories of Resilience His book relates stories of people who were able to use energy generated by their trauma to propel them to achieve great things. Dr. Bell sets out a three stage process (Dive, Survive and Thrive) through which survivors can emerge healed whole and able to thrive.
‘The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect’ – Peter A Levine,
- Sit in the Fire. Share your story. Allow yourself to be vulnerable to others, don’t bottle up your emotions. Sitting in the fire is when we have those ugly, embarrassing conversations about trauma and, and it feels like you’re sitting in a fire because you’re burning up with emotion.
- Ground yourself. Try meditation or deep breathing. This is a very simple technique that many thrivers practice.
- Understand that trauma happens to all of us. By college age, 66-85% of people already have experienced trauma. When you get older, it’s going to be 100%. But there are healthy ways to deal with it and emerge stronger despite it.
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