Author Event: Mark Miller and "Jolt"
Join us at City Lit Books for a conversation with Mark Miller, author of Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018.
Trauma can destroy lives, yet some people not only survive trauma, they bounce back to thrive and grow.
Jolt tells the stories of people transformed by growth following trauma, and the new paths that they pursue. Some are on missions to help others or to make things right in the world, while others embark on new careers. Some people simply find that their relationships grow deeper, or seek a stronger spiritual dimension in their lives. Jolts can derail us—or they can propel us into reclaiming and remaking our lives. They prompt us to ask questions about our values and purpose. Psychologists have been studying this phenomenon for some time; one research team at the University of North Carolina Charlotte back in the mid-1990s named the phenomenon “post-traumatic growth” (PTG). Since then, PTG has emerged as an important field of study for psychologists and social scientists. Jolt explores a range of PTG experiences - -the death of a child, life-threatening illness, plane crashes, terror attacks, natural disasters - and also a wide ranges of growth responses.
Readers will learn about the process of change that trauma survivors experience as they grow. What does the process of change look like from the inside for jolt survivors? What is the role of spirituality and faith? Who is most likely to experience growth after trauma – and who is not? And, what is the meaning of these stories of trauma and growth for the rest of us?
For more than a decade, Mark Miller has researched and written about what motivates people to reinvent their lives. He also is a nationally recognized expert on retirement and aging. He is a columnist for Reuters and other news outlets, and a contributor to The New York Times. Miller is the author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security.