February 2022 Blog | www.traumatalkblog.com
The Ultimate Growth Mindset
  • When presented with a challenge, an individual with a growth mindset sees it as a prime opportunity to grow, no matter what the outcome. 

  • The foundation needed for building a growth mindset is enhancing our self-compassion/belief during moments of adversity and emotional discomfort.

  • With unrelenting nurturance for ourselves, we will continue to believe in our ability to grow and change and will put in the necessary effort.
by Psychology Today | The Growth Mindset
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Here is an interesting topic for February. Growth After Trauma
Is there a mindset that can help us, not just cope with, but grow after suffering trauma?
Dear loyal blog readers,
Questions to Consider: 
Why are some people more resilient than others? Can resilience be taught?

There are many different ways mental health professionals, coaches and advocates define a Growth Mindset and describe how it can be achieved.

But they have a lot less to say about re-establishing a positive or growth mindset after experiencing a traumatic event.

For this month's blog, we have chosen an article from the American Psychological Association (APA) that focuses on how to re-establish resilience and experience growth, post-trauma. We also included a Psychology Today piece with tools to help develop a Growth Mindset
From my personal and professional experience, growth and resilience take time. 

I encourage you to be fully aware that everyone experiences trauma differently (albeit the resulting symptoms are similar) and that healing and becoming resilient is a process.

What serves us best is being patient with ourselves and with everyone else.
It took me over a decade of ups and downs with many spurts of growth on my way to finding balance and a new level of resilience. 

I’m happy with my progress and at the same time, I’m all too aware that I can do better.
There are always new things to learn - new tools and strategies that can help. 
Healing from trauma is nothing less than astonishing.
It changes our life in ways we could have never
imagined -- good, bad, and everything in between.
~ Diana Kendros
Learning about ourselves and the adaptations and sacrifices we have needed to endure, means coming to grips with our fears, and the dramatic mental and physical changes that occur during and after experiencing trauma.

If we are open to really feeling and understanding these personal transformations, ironically, in the end, there can be extraordinary growth that can come out of these terrible experiences. For me, this requires vigilance, always being conscious of being in recovery-mode with self-care toolkits, coping strategies, and support systems. With all these healthy pieces in place, we may also find a new equilibrium, reduce our anxieties, and increase our flexibility.

As Always, thanks for reading! Diana and Jan

Article from Psychology Today:
The term growth mindset was coined by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and colleagues.

It stipulates the belief that a person's talents, intelligence, and abilities can be developed and improved over time through effort, dedication, and hard work.
With a growth mindset, we can break through stuckness and achieve the long-term goals we desire to enhance ourselves in our relationships, in our work, or in any other aspects of our lives.

Individuals with a growth mindset seek opportunities to learn, gain new skills, and enhance their existing skills.
When presented with a challenge, an individual with a growth mindset sees it as a prime opportunity to grow, no matter what the outcome.

 They believe that being proactive and action-oriented can help them advance and thrive. The fixed mindset postulates:

“I can’t do it.” The growth mindset postulates: “I can’t do it yet.”
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