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After 9/11, mental health professionals flocked to New York to handle what everyone assumed would be a flood of trauma cases. Oddly, the flood never came.In The End of Trauma, pioneering psychologist George A. Bonanno argues that we failed to predict the psychological response to 9/11 because most of what we understand about trauma is wrong. For starters, it's not nearly as common as we think. In fact, people are overwhelmingly resilient to adversity. What we often interpret as PTSD are signs of a natural process of learning how to deal with a specific situation. We can cope far more effectively if we understand how this process works. Drawing on four decades of research, Bonanno explains what makes us resilient, why we sometimes aren't, and how we can better handle traumatic stress.

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George A. Bonanno

George A. Bonanno is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College. He has researched different kinds of potentially traumatic events, such as a terrorist attack, disaster, war, assault, life-threatening injury, and bio-epidemic, but also other demanding experiences, such as bereavement, divorce, and job loss. His research has repeatedly challenged conventional wisdom by demonstrating that human beings are typically highly resilient to these events. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two adult children that come and go, and the many birds that regularly dine at the feeder on the fire escape.

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