Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Calhoun, L. G. and Tedeschi, R. G. 2010. Posttraumatic Growth. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The view that the struggle with major challenges can lead to significant positive changes is present in ancient myths, is a theme in literature, and is reflected in some of the major world religions. Heroes encounter severe hardships and emerge transformed and better persons, and believers who suffer greatly are sanctified through their martyrdom. This theme is captured in the well-known Latin phrase, attributed to Seneca, the Younger, per aspera ad astra—by the harsh road to the stars. Although the idea is ancient, the systematic study of this phenomenon by social and behavioral scientists is recent.