The Unexpected Gift of Trauma

The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

by Edith Shiro

On Sale: 02/21/2023

The Unexpected Gift of Trauma

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The Unexpected Gift of Trauma

The Path to Posttraumatic Growth

by Edith Shiro

On Sale: 02/21/2023


About the Book

A groundbreaking approach to healing from trauma and experiencing posttraumatic growth from a leading psychologist, featuring a powerful, five-stage framework to help readers not just recover, but thrive and transform. 

Trauma has always been part of the human experience, and traumatic events—both physical and emotional—can shake our very foundation and leave us forever changed. While we know more about the lasting neurological and physical effects of trauma than we did a decade ago, few people realize that experiencing trauma doesn’t have to sentence you to a lifetime of suffering and grief.

In this first book of its kind, renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Edith Shiro shares a powerful, five-stage framework for posttraumatic growth, a transformational process that helps you not just heal, but achieve growth and expand consciousness in the face of trauma. Inspired by her grandparents, who were refugees and Holocaust survivors, Dr. Shiro has dedicated her life to individuals, families, and communities facing trauma and its aftereffects. Developed over more than twenty-five years of research and practice, Dr. Shiro’s stages—Awareness, Awakening, Becoming, Being, and Transforming— provide a universal language and outline how trauma can be a catalyst for transformative growth.

Grounded in science and psychology, and filled with practical tools and takeaways, The Unexpected Gift of Trauma offers a bold a new definition of trauma, touching on individual as well as collective and intergenerational trauma. Dr. Shiro brings the power of posttraumatic growth to the forefront and reveals a groundbreaking new way to think about and heal from traumatic experiences. 

Critical Praise

"The Unexpected Gift of Trauma is a roadmap for dealing with, and ultimately growing from, hardship. Based on rigorous research and compelling case studies, Edith Shiro has written a book that can help us all in difficult times." — Tal Ben-Shahar, New York Times bestselling author of Happier

“Thanks Dr. Edith Shiro for this masterpiece that has been meticulously put together during so many years of deep research and practice. It is a roadmap to humanity’s collective healing.” — Luis Gallardo, author of Happytalism and Founder and President of the World Happiness Foundation

"An absolute gift. Each reader leaves with the understanding that transformation is possible and that there is a clear path to achieve it, expertly and tangibly laid out. As difficult as the road ahead is, The Unexpected Gift of Trauma can act as a companion guide for each step of the journey." — Shelly Tygielski, Founder of Pandemic of Love and Author, Sit Down to Rise Up

“Tragedies carry not only histories of pain, limitation, and loss, but openings for creating something new.  Edith Shiro, in her powerful new book, beautifully maps the creative processes that transform constriction to flourishing in the aftermath of individual and collective traumas.” — Jack Saul, Director, International Trauma Studies Program

“With transformation in perceptions, meanings, and ways of thinking, traumatized individuals, couples, and families can find a new resilience—one that helps them to move forward with life despite the traumatic experience. I highly recommend Dr. Shiro’s well written and informative book for both students and experienced mental health professionals.” — Pauline Boss, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota. Author, Ambiguous Loss (2000); Loss, Trauma, and Resilience (2006) 


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780358713661
  • ISBN 10: 0358713668
  • Imprint: Harvest
  • On Sale: 02/21/2023
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:36.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SELF-HELP / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • BISAC3 : SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General

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