Of course, the title is a play on Nietzsche’s famous dictum: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” While the sub-title perfectly captures the focus of the book: “The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth.” (Get a copy of the book .)
Stephen Joseph is one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of posttraumatic growth. He is also a professor and therapist.
He started his career studying posttraumatic stress. In the process, he saw that many people experienced significant growth as a result of the stress they endured. At which point, he started developing his ideas on posttraumatic growth. Fast-forward a few decades and here we are.
btw: Martin Seligman followed a similar track. He started out studying learned helplessness, discovered that some people, no matter how much stress they endured, maintained optimism and then shifted his research to to figure out what made THOSE people tick.
The book is packed with scientific wisdom on how to use stress as an engine for growth and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!