Ep. 272 The Power of Suffering: Growing Through Life Crises with David Roland

Learn how it’s possible to experience growth and transformation through all types of suffering and trauma in life.

My guest David Roland is a clinical psychologist and the author of the book The Power of Suffering: Growing through life crises, which draws together the real life stories of 11 people who survived crises and grew in transformative ways. David shares his wisdom and personal experience with post-traumatic growth and how strengthen our resilience. Learn more at his website:


Get David’s book here

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This episode includes:

  • David’s personal journey through suffering
  • The common stages of adjustment that occur after trauma
  • The neurological and emotional difference between compassion and empathy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • The 3 circuits of the human brain and how to activate the 3rd (caregiving) circuit during times of stress
  • The 6 domains of growth that can occur after trauma
    • Personal courage
    • Appreciation for life
    • Deeper connections with people
    • Clearer sense of life purpose and meaning
    • Increased spirituality
    • Increased compassion
  • How some people get “stuck” in their suffering process
  • Practices for increasing resilience and coping with trauma
  • How to be an “expert companion” for others who are suffering

Links mentioned in this episode:

  • Get my new book The Journey from Ego to SoulHow to Transform Your Life When Everything Falls Apart
  • Sign up here for free workshop on November 12th – Finding GRACE in Times of Suffering
  • Sign up here for Mortality: Life & Death During a Pandemic on November 14th
  • Get David’s book here: The Power of Suffering
  • Tania Singer studies of compassion and the brain
  • Paul Gilbert book: Compassion Focused Therapy
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  • Check out the Series I’ve recorded in the past here
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