“the experience of positive change that occurs as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life crises. It is manifested in a variety of ways, including an increased appreciation for life in general, more meaningful interpersonal relationships, an increased sense of personal strength. challenged priorities, and a richer existential and spiritual life.”
Video Games and Post-tramatic GrowthIn Nuns and Gaming: Boosting Brain Power we explored the evidence behind using video games to waylay losses in brain power. In her TED talk, Jane McGonigal proposes that video games can do more. During her talk, McGonigal counters what she calls the pervasive idea that video games are a waste of time. She believes that games can actually be used to get post-traumatic growth without the trauma.
“There are four kinds of strength, or resilience, that contribute to post-traumatic growth, and there are scientifically validated activities that you can do every day to build up these four kinds of resilience, and you don’t need a trauma to do it.”The strengths that she wants to build are
1)Physical 2)Mental 3)Emotional 4)SocialCheck out her TED talk to learn how you can increase these four strengths. Then try the game, Super Better, she created to help her face severe depression from a head injury.