Traumatic Experiences Can Make You Tough

children walkingA lot of solid psychology research shows that experiencing a miserable life is not good for you. Serious events in life like a death of a child or a parent, natural disaster, experiencing sexual abuse, etc. can cause psychological problems. However, research also shows that hard experiences may make you tough and our parents may even be right.

Psychological scientists found out that while going through many experiences such as assault, hurricanes, and bereavement could be psychologically damaging, small amounts of trauma can help develop resilience.

“Of course, everybody’s heard the aphorism, ‘Whatever does not kill you makes you stronger,’” says Mark D. Seery of the University at Buffalo.

His paper on adversity and resilience was published in the Current Directions in Psychological Science’s December issue.

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