Preparing for Trauma

Preparing for Trauma

Preparing for Trauma

Since most people will experience Trauma in their lives, it is likely best to prepare ourselves for trauma.

For example, Dr. Rachel Yehuda is a Holocaust psychologist who endorses this approach.

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Dr. Yehuda: Enhancing resilience before the trauma

Ideally, we want to enhance resilience before trauma occurs by practicing how we would respond to a trauma. We don’t do that in our culture. We like to live our lives with the idea that nothing bad will happen and everything is going to be all right. And so that is the message that we give our children: that everything is going to be all right. And that’s what we tell our selves—everything is going to be all right. Perhaps it would be more prudent to prepare for adversity. According to statistics, we know that the probability of trauma occurring is high, so we don’t have to wonder if trauma exposure will occur, but when is it going to happen? And we must prepare early on. What are the ways—on an individual level that one can use resources to cope with adversities so that for starters, exposure is not such a shock


How to Prepare for Trauma?

The best way to be ready for possible trauma is to Grow our Resilience. This can be done, for example, by trying out our Activities, Techniques, and Mindsets.

Another way to build Resilience, is to consider Pre-Traumatic Growth. This a new concept whereby we can empathize with others in a traumatic situation, to prepare our mindset for the possibility something like this could happen to us