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Catalyst Twenty-Twenty: Post-Traumatic Growth at Scales of Person, Place and Planet

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inVIVO Planetary Health, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
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The Institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore, 1407 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
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Center for Integrative Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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The ORIGINS Project, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth Children’s Hospital, 15 Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
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Academic Editor: Palmiro Poltronieri
Challenges 2021, 12(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe12010009
Received: 12 February 2021 / Revised: 5 March 2021 / Accepted: 9 March 2021 / Published: 13 March 2021
Planetary health is a broad multidisciplinary effort that attempts to address what has been described as “Anthropocene Syndrome”—the wicked, interrelated challenges of our time. These include, but are not limited to, grotesque biodiversity losses, climate change, environmental degradation, resource depletion, the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), health inequalities, social injustices, erosion of wisdom and civility, together with the many structural underpinnings of these grand challenges. The ultimate aim of planetary health is flourishing along every link in the person, place and planet continuum. The events of “2020” have illuminated the consequences of “mass trauma” and how sub-threshold anxiety and/or depressive symptoms erase the rigid lines between mental “health” and mental “disorders”, and unmasked the systemic forms of injustice, discrimination, and oppression that have too often escaped discourse. Here, we query the ways in which post-traumatic growth research might inform the larger planetary health community, especially in the context of a global pandemic, broadening socioeconomic inequalities, a worsening climate crisis, and the rise of political authoritarianism. The available research would suggest that “2020” fulfills the trauma criteria of having a “seismic impact on the assumptive world”, and as such, provides fertile ground for post-traumatic growth. Among the many potential positive changes that might occur in response to trauma, we focus on the value of new awareness, perspective and greater wisdom. View Full-Text
Keywords: post-traumatic growth; planetary health; wisdom; self-distancing; awareness; mindfulness; COVID-19; non-communicable diseases (NCDs); biodiversity losses; climate change; environmental degradation; flourishing; positive contagion; mental health post-traumatic growth; planetary health; wisdom; self-distancing; awareness; mindfulness; COVID-19; non-communicable diseases (NCDs); biodiversity losses; climate change; environmental degradation; flourishing; positive contagion; mental health
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Logan, A.C.; Berman, S.H.; Scott, R.B.; Berman, B.M.; Prescott, S.L. Catalyst Twenty-Twenty: Post-Traumatic Growth at Scales of Person, Place and Planet. Challenges 2021, 12, 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe12010009

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Logan AC, Berman SH, Scott RB, Berman BM, Prescott SL. Catalyst Twenty-Twenty: Post-Traumatic Growth at Scales of Person, Place and Planet. Challenges. 2021; 12(1):9. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe12010009

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Logan, Alan C.; Berman, Susan H.; Scott, Richard B.; Berman, Brian M.; Prescott, Susan L. 2021. "Catalyst Twenty-Twenty: Post-Traumatic Growth at Scales of Person, Place and Planet" Challenges 12, no. 1: 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe12010009

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