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Post-Traumatic Thriving with Disaster Recovery Expert Dr. Randall Bell

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Trauma has a way of showing up when we least expect it, and society sends many signals telling us that it’s admirable to put on a brave face and soldier on. But our grief is normal — even healthy, says today's special guest, world-renowned expert on disasters and trauma, Dr. Randall Bell.

“The hallmark error is to continually dodge the pain. There is a time and place for avoidance. However, to heal and grow, we cannot doge the pain forever …,” he writes in his new book, Post-Traumatic Thriving: The Art, Science, & Stories of Resilience. “ When trauma hits, your most significant decision will be to dive, survive or thrive. If you choose to thrive, this book is for you.

Dr. Bell undertook unprecedented research, and juxtaposes outcomes of scientific studies with stories of real people (many of them familiar) who have used their trauma as their fuel to thrive to reveal common denominators. He divides his remarkable insights into three sections: The Dive Stage, The Survive Stage and The Thrive Stage, and outlines a step-by-step process toward authentic healing.

As an economist, Dr. Randall Bell has consulted on more disasters on earth than anyone in history and is widely considered the world’s top authority in the field of post-traumatic thriving. His clients include the Federal Government, State Governments, International Tribunals, major corporations and homeowners. Dr. Bell believes that “the problem is not the problem — the problem is how we react to the problem.” Often called the “Master of Disaster,” Dr. Bell's research has been profiled on major television shows and featured in numerous magazines.