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Episode 103: “Post-Traumatic Growth” with Eranda Jayawickreme, PhD

In this episode, Ricky and Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme discuss the impacts of the belief that adversity often leads to growth or positive outcomes, as well as the power of trusting relationships, humility, and empathy in the wake of trauma. 

Eranda Jayawickreme is the Harold W. Tribble Professor of Psychology (opens in a new window)and senior research fellow at the Program for Leadership and Character(opens in a new window) at Wake Forest University. He received his Ph.D. in positive and social/personality psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. His research, which integrates his interests in both philosophy(opens in a new window) and psychology(opens in a new window), focuses on post-traumatic growth as positive personality change, moral personality, wisdom, well-being, and integrative theories of personality. He has worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and various populations in the United States.  

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Redesigning Research on Post-Traumatic Growth - Frank J. Infurna and Eranda Jayawickreme(opens in a new window) 

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved – Kate Bowler(opens in a new window) 

A Heart That Works – Rob Delaney(opens in a new window) 

Dark Matters: Pessimism and the Problem of Suffering - Mara van der Lugt(opens in a new window) 

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