The Duality of Human Experience: Perspectives From Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability-Historical Views and Theoretical Models
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
This article examines the current views on the duality of the human experience as portrayed within the process of coping with and managing traumatic life events, with a special emphasis on those views associated with the onset, or diagnosis, of chronic illnesses and disabilities (CID). In this article, experiential dualities are reviewed with a focus on (a) broadly defined modes of psychosocial adaptation to CID, such as coping versus succumbing, and disabled versus nondisabled selves; (b) models of denial, which often dichotomize its structure as reflecting complete or major versus partial or minor denial; and (c) models of personal growth following adversity and traumatic events, such as the onset or diagnosis of severe and life-threatening CID. Focus is placed on the dualities that dichotomize human functioning following traumatic experiences, along such categories as genuine or transcendent growth versus self-deception or illusory growth.
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Livneh, H., McMahon, B. T., & Rumrill, P. D. (2019). The Duality of Human Experience: Perspectives From Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability—Historical Views and Theoretical Models. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 62(2), 67–77. https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355218800790