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.
To learn more about George Bonanno, read:
Too Much Trauma (guest essay by Bonanno in Newsweek)
Good Grief (The New Yorker)