Strength Through Struggle

Perceiving Benefits in Traumatic Events: Some Issues for Practicing Psychologists

January 1, 1991
Journal of Training & Practice in Professional Psychology

In this article the authors review the literature indicating that, while victimization can put the individual at risk for psychological distress, many individuals develop an understanding of their experience that includes the perception of good coming from the bad. Questions that the literature raises for the practicing psychotherapist include whether the construing of benefits in victimization can have positive consequences, whether the perception of benefits is a distortion of reality, whether it is better to encourage the client toward behavioral coping or acceptance of facts, and whether it is possible to assist the client in perceiving benefits.

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