Stephen Joseph on the Today programme

Professor Stephen Joseph appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning to talk about people’s reaction to devastating events and his new book What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth.

This draws on his 20 years of work with survivors of trauma and argues that a wide range of traumatic events — from illness, divorce, separation, assault, and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism — can act as catalysts for positive change.

What Doesn’t Kill us has been described by Nature as “a thorough and common-sense look at the psychology of survival” and Professor Richard Bentall has said: “Although essential reading for clinicians working with traumatized patients, What Doesn’t Kill Us is so accessibly written that it should appeal to anyone interested in the human condition.”

Stephen Joseph is Professor of Psychology, Health, and Social Care at the University of Nottingham, where he codirects the Centre for Trauma, Resilience, and Growth. He appeared on Today with Michael Patterson, who lost both his arms in an attack by the Provisional IRA while serving as an officer with the RUC in 1981.