By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC
Lisbeth Salander is the fictional heroine of Steig Larsson’s trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
As the heroine, Lisbeth Salander embodies certain characteristics of giftedness, and these characteristics help her survive terrible, long-term physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
What helps Lisbeth Salander survive her ordeals?
Good problem solving skills mediate trauma.
Lisbeth Salander survives traumas that might lead to addiction or the suicide of a less resilient character. Giftedness contributes to her resiliency by aiding her problem solving, which increases her ability to cope.
Continued in her article:
3 Things To Learn From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – A Gifted Trauma Survivor
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Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact for each of us.
See quotes by and about many artists who have experienced rape, physical abuse and other experiences, including Alice Sebold, Allison Anders, SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy), Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health.
(It includes a link to the Emotional Health Resources page with videos, book quotes, programs and other resources.)