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Human beings are capable of genuine joy when they are suffering profound loss. Most of us recover quickly from emotional trauma, too. Those and other findings by TC psychologist George Bonanno have overturned the conventional wisdom about grief and human resilience.

George Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology, is an internationally recognized expert on human resilience, coping with grief and trauma, and emotion and emotion regulation. Bonanno teaches in TC's Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, in the Program in Clinical Psychology. He directs TC's Loss, Trauma and Emotion Lab. Bonanno is the author of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss (2009),  and is a frequent commentator on television and in the print media.


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Premiered on 6/10/2013

About the Series

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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