Action 59

From my trauma experiences, I have learned several important life lessons. I can now get involved with others to improve society, reduce violence, and the like.

Author’s note: As a result of trauma social movements, political actions and organizations have been developed (e.g., Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuremberg Trials, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention of which I am the Research Director (Please visit

Is there some mission, some cause, some group of family or friends that you can engage with that will give purpose and help bolster your resilience? Consider the following Hinge Questions:

  • “I survived for a purpose which is . . . “
  • “I am no longer willing to be defined by my accident/injury/ victimization/trauma experience, I am now . . . “
  • “I now devote myself to . . . “
  • “I can make a ‘gift’ of my experience by doing . . . “

Quotable Quotes

“Like an infected wound, the only way to stop an infection is to open it up and clean it out. It might sting, but in the long run, it is the only way to heal.”

“Our life is what our thoughts make of it.”

—Marcus Aurelius

“I can identify my maladaptive mindset and begin to change it.”

“I can develop and cultivate a growth-oriented voice and resilient mindset.”

“I can integrate the traumatic experience into the totality of the rest of my lifestory.”

“I can remember that trauma is only part of my life-story, rather than the defining aspect.”

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