“We Live in a world in which suffering is endemic. In this book Stephen Joseph sounds a hopeful note. Suffering need not destroy.”

Terry Waite CBE

“In this fascinating book, Stephen Joseph maps out the rarely explored positive consequences of trauma, reminding us that growth is possible even in the most adverse circumstances.”
Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool

For the past twenty years, Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress. In this groundbreaking new book, he boldly challenges current notions about trauma and its aftermath. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events—from illness, divorce, separation, assault, and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism – rather than necessarily ruining lives can act as catalysts for positive change, strengthening relationships, changing one’s perspective, and revealing inner strengths.