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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  and senior research fellow at the Program for Leadership and Character  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  and psychology , 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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Dark Matters: Pessimism and the Problem of Suffering - Mara van der Lugt  

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