reply to tina jc
Your comments on working towards the acceptance of traumatic events made me consider how one might accomplish this. I think the best way to process the event is to talk through it with trusted individuals. This may be friends or family, but it might be best done with a professional that understands trauma and can ask the right questions, such as a counselor or therapist. This also reminded me of the importance of psychological debriefing. This is the process of discussing thoughts, feelings and memories of a traumatic event within 72 hours of an occurrence (Bridley & Daffin, 2022). This is considered an intervention and may help the individual from developing PTSD.
You also discussed the importance of support systems as a factor in getting past trauma. Southwick and Charney also name other factors that can be beneficial such as religion and spirituality (2018). I know this has been the biggest contributor to resilience in my life. I often wonder how people get through anything without faith in God; without knowing that there is a God in control of all things and that he loves us. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (NIV Holy Bible, 2012, Deuteronomy 31:8).
Role models are another important factor in getting past trauma (Southwick & Charney, 2018). I found it very interesting that both positive and negative role models can be used to build resilience. It was a good reminder to me that I am being a role model to my children at all times, whether a positive or a negative one.