“Does Trauma Increase Creativity?” by Laura K. Kerr

6 Feb

“Having the ability to relay to others a coherent account of traumatic events can be crucial for overcoming trauma’s impact. By connecting with others and feeling supported in the wake of trauma, the sense of threat is diminished and healthy boundaries can be reestablished. Trauma by its very nature isolates a person, both from a holistic sense of self and from feeling safe in community–a common response that can ensure boundaries are not once again overwhelmed. Recovery from trauma involves both regaining aspects of self that have been lost as well as regaining connections with others. Symbolic representation may be the bridge to both.”

Does Trauma Increase Creativity?

This is a fascinating look at how suffering from PTSD can increase a person’s facility with symbolic representation. It also provides a great description of the changes in brain function associated with sustaining psychological trauma.
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