52 Dr. Raj Raghunathan – How to Overcome a Traumatic Event & Be Happy Again


Dr. Raj Raghunathan on The Stay Inspired Podcast with Kongit Farrell

Welcome to The Stay Inspired Podcast! Today, our guest is Dr. Raj Raghunathan, a professor of marketing at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Asutin. Raj’s work focuses on exploring the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment. Raj’s research has appeared in top journals including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and has also been cited in several mass media outlets including the Atlantic, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and the Los Angeles Times. You can read more about Raj’s views on happiness, creativity, and leadership on his popular Psychology Today blog with over a million page views, Sapient Nature.

Listen in to learn how trauma causes both PTSD and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG), and what you can do to minimize PTSD and maximize PTG in traumatic events.

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“It doesn’t really matter what the triggering event is so long as you go through trauma. It triggers naturally a set of consequences that both generate PTSD and often PTG.” – Dr. Raj Raghunathan

Show Notes:

  • What a traumatic event is and isn’t
  • How the intensity of the event transfers into the level of trauma a person experiences
  • What happens to our brains and bodies when we experience a traumatic event
  • Why “rumination” causes many of the effects of PTSD
  • What PTG is and why it is an often overlooked effect of trauma
  • What research has been done on what types of trauma there are and their effects
  • The five different types of PTG
  • How Dr. Raj has worked with those suffering from PTSD to move towards the growth of PTG
  • Why Raj recommends adopting a “spiritual attitude” to preemptively move towards PTG
“People who have experienced trauma in general tend to appreciate their relationships and how much people that are close to them matter to them.” – Dr. Raj Raghunathan

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“In the end, I would allow for a great deal of subjectivity. If somebody claims an event is traumatic to them, who are we to argue?” – Dr. Raj Raghunathan



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About Kongit

Kongit is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA – 97773) and her therapeutic approach is eclectic, but firmly rooted in CBT, Narrative and Solution-Focused methodologies. She is an EMDR therapist and is completing advanced course work in Sex Therapy at The Buehler Institute of Orange County. Kongit is the Founder of the Inspired Journey Counseling Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

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