Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma
The increased frequency of trauma in our everyday lives is being recognized by scientists. Their work documents effects of traumatic events in our emotions, thoughts, and bodies. One especially damaging effect of trauma is its erosion of meaning in life. Meaning has three parts. One is coherence, where our life events make sense across time. One is purpose, where our lives orient toward valued goals. One is mattering, where we know our significance to others. After trauma, meaning in life must be rebuilt. This book considers how meaning restoration takes place after trauma and describes population specific applications.