The Transformative Power of Suffering
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The current scientific interest in positive psychotraumatology is by no means intended to diminish the importance of trauma or to minimize the suffering that accompanies its painful reality. Nor does it seek to cast doubt on trauma’s potential to cause severe disruptions in the individual’s sense of identity. Transformational changes after trauma and the experience of stress-related growth to a level beyond former functioning have been described in recent years in the context of bereavement, cancer, rape, childhood abuse, and war traumas. It must be remembered, however, that what fosters growth is not the traumatic experience as such, but the struggle with it. In the contemplative spiritual traditions, the concept of wisdom is connected with a deep knowledge of and insight into the essence of reality. It is related to the capacity to free oneself from illusions and to transcend the rigid boundaries between self and other, between subject and object.