Survivor Thinking

Posted on October 23, 2013, in Grief and Trauma

To overcome trauma and its effects you must move from being a victim to being a survivor. A Trauma Specialist can help you become a survivor, to overcome your victimization . Like a wound that heals, the scar or memory will remain forever, but the pain will subside.

As a survivor you will have a reduction in the number of times you experience trauma reactions. You will have less fear of these reactions and less fear of losing control. You will have a renewed sense of hope and direction in your life, redevelop a sense of humor and experience more pleasure in life. You will reestablish a positive relationship with your family. You will have a profound understanding of others’ pain. You will feel stronger because of what happened and develop a new, often profound view of life. The thoughts of survivors are far different than those of victims. The list below identifies the thoughts you want your child to have about him/herself and others.

Check all that apply

As a survivor I know and believe the following about myself:

  1. __ Yes, bad situations come up in my life, but I can do things to make them better.
  2. __ I expect a lot of good to happen in my life.
  3. __ I am loveable and people love me.
  4. __ I may feel sad, angry, depressed, and confused today, but I will not always feel this way. Things will get better.
  5. __ I have a lot to offer the world and I am motivated to go forward.
  6. __ I am capable. I handle life with confidence.
  7. __ I can trust most people.
  8. __ I am a worthy person. I have many traits that are worthwhile.
  9. __ I am only responsible for myself. I cannot control everything.
  10. __ Those who can, will like me and understand me without a lot of explaining or apologizing.
  11. __ Everyone makes mistakes; that is how we learn.
  12. __ It is okay to be wrong. I am still a good person.
  13. __ People see me in a positive way.
  14. __ I take each day as it comes.
  15. __ I look forward to the future.
  16. __ I am in control of my life. There are things I can do to make my life better.
  17. __ My life is balanced.
  18. __ People are supportive of me. I trust my inner self to make good choices about others.
  19. __ I am strong. I face difficult situations head on.
  20. __ Each day I get a little stronger. I will get over this.
  21. __ I am a survivor. I need not apologize. I am surviving.
  22. __ As a survivor, I have many choices in my life.

Your gift to Starr Commonwealth will help vulnerable families transform their lives. Every dollar goes directly to helping children, adults, families and communities thrive through proven, strength-based programs. Giving is secure and easy and will bring help and hope to children and their families.

Donate Now! Cancel