TEDWeekends asks: Can trauma be a gift?

I’ve had my share of trauma. I worked, lived and loved highly traumatized people in many different stages of healing. Some don’t make it. And it isn’t because they didn’t want it or weren’t strong enough. Sometimes the monsters kill you.
It isn’t your character alone that determines your ability to transform trauma — context matters. Your context before the trauma, during and after.
The Question for me is: what are the conditions that provide a fertile environment for these processes? Thoughts?

TED Blog


At TED2010, Stacey Kramer told the moving story of the most treasured gift she ever received: a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. [ted_talkteaser id=975] Despite the pain, she wouldn’t have traded her experience for anything – because, in the end, it changed her life for the better.

Kramer’s poignant talk is featured on today’s edition of TEDWeekends on the Huffington Post, as she and other bloggers share stories of turning hardship into gratitude. Here are three powerful stories:

Harshada Rajani: The Cost of My Catastrophe

Finding opportunities out of tragedies, making dreams out of nightmares, and discovering gifts out of punishments. Those seem like the great accomplishments of an insightful survivor, but near impossible for a naive fighter. My wonderful life was stolen like a secret, thrown away like garbage, silenced like a sin, for no reason any doctor or priest could come up with. This…

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