Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intervention and Applied Psychology (ICIAP 2018)

The Journey of Finding Meaning in Life: Posttraumatic Growth Experience in Notable Holocaust Survivors

Authors
Sri Wulandari, Elizabeth Kristi Poerwandari, Augustine A. Basri
Corresponding Author
Elizabeth Kristi Poerwandari
Available Online August 2019.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/iciap-18.2019.36How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Holocaust, posttraumatic growth, life narrative, presence of meaning, searching for meaning
Abstract
Posttraumatic growth (PTG) refers to the occurrence of positive psychological changes following a traumatic event. The Holocaust was one of the most traumatic events in modern civilization, yet many Holocaust survivors have found meaning even in this painful experience, and their search for and discovery of meaning in life has been an important part of their journey toward positive change. Few studies have closely examined survivors’ perspective on how the process of searching for and finding meaning in life helped them to experience PTG. In this study, we applied the method of psychobiography to analyze the autobiographies of Viktor Frankl and Elie Wiesel, using a film documentary and Internet articles for data triangulation. Theoretical conceptions of PTG and of meaning in life were used as a framework to interpret the autobiographies. The analysis determined that Frankl and Wiesel demonstrated positive development in every domain of posttraumatic growth. The process of discovering newfound meaning was central in their PTG experiences. Differences between their personal journeys may be attributable to background factors such as their age, previous exposure to Nazism, personal characteristics, and camp experiences. Clinicians could use the results of this study to foster PTG in their therapeutic work or, in broader settings, to help people in societies with histories of mass violence or genocide to cope with their trauma.
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2nd International Conference on Intervention and Applied Psychology (ICIAP 2018)
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Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
August 2019
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978-94-6252-782-9
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2352-5398
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https://doi.org/10.2991/iciap-18.2019.36How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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