Stoicism and Post-Traumatic Growth

Is there a relationship between Stoicism and Post-Traumatic Growth?

There are also leadership theories drawn from his Prisoner Of War model, including the “Stockdale Paradox,” a concept author Jim Collins introduced in 2001, later paraphrased in the 2012 book (Good to Great) , “Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton,” by Lee Ellis. It stated, “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

Admiral James Stockdale’s version of Post-Traumatic Growth: “I never doubted not only that I would get out (Viet Nam prisoner of war camp), but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into a defining event of my life, which, in retrosepect, I would not trade.”

Ironically, the term “Post-Traumatic Growth” was not officially coined until the mid 1990’s, yet the Stoics have have utilized this philosphy for over 2,000 years.

Moral of the Story: How you frame your experiences, i.e. trauma will have a huge impact on whether you thrive, survive, or fail. YOU have the power to PREVAIL!

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