The Psychologist's Book of Personality Tests: 24 Revealing Tests to Identify and Overcome Your Personal Barriers to a Better Life

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How Well Do You Cope
with Traumatic Life Events?

THE THRIVING
SCALE
Many times, people with a chronic illness or who have had traumatic experiences talk not only about the negative things, but also of the positive things that have happened to them as a result of their illness or experience. Below is a list of some of these positive things. On a scale of 0 (this did not happen to me) to 4 (I experienced a great deal of this) indicate the degree to which each occurred in your life as a result of your illness or traumatic experience.
1. ———1. I learned to look at things in a more positive way.
2. ———2. I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was.
3. ———3. I learned to be a more optimistic person.
4. ———4. I realized how much my family cares about me.
5. ———5. I learned to be more confident in myself.
6. ———6. I learned to approach life more calmly.
7. ———7. I have more compassion for others.
8. ———8. Now I know I can handle difficulties.
9. ———9. My relationship with my family became more important.
10. ———10. I learned to work through my problems and not give up.
11. ———11. I learned to find more meaning in life.

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