Trauma impacts everyone, so it is important to be able to have honest conversations about it in order to heal.
Randall Bell, PhD, is a sociologist and economist who specializes in disaster recovery projects. Dr. Bell has consulted in more tragedies around the world than anyone. He was retained for the World Trade Center, Flight 93, Sandy Hook, BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test sites, the Northridge earthquake, OJ Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey, Heaven’s Gate, and hundreds of other cases.
Dr. Bell’s investigations have taken him to 50 states and seven continents. In every case, Dr. Bell observed the emotional consequences and how some fared better than others. He was inspired to put his unique research skills to work and study the cycle of trauma.
Dr. Bell is the author of MeWeDoBe and the founder of Core IQ, a nonprofit educational foundation that provides free online training on life skills. He is certified through the Insight Prison Project to facilitate group discussions with victims and offenders at San Quentin Prison.
In his new book Post-Traumatic Thriving, Dr. Bell lays out the academic research and speaks freely about his trauma of being born with a congenital heart defect.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- Dr. Bell’s definition of trauma and his defining moment
- The importance of having difficult conversations
- His new book, Post-Traumatic Thriving, and the need for better discussions on trauma
- How some people are more resilient to trauma than others
- How to get through trauma without bitterness and anger addiction
- Dr. Bell’s work with trauma victims
- Three tips to create more joy in your life, in spite of trauma
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