Gifts of Improvement After a Brain Injury


The gift of power is a result of improvement after a brain injury in terms of psychological power to accomplish great things. For many a brain injury results in psychological depression because a person is unable to do so many things; he/she is “powerless.”

Improvement is always very slow and can be depressing. However, if a person perseveres, he will improve in some areas. Keeping track of improvement and recognizing small gains will give a person an ongoing sense of power to continue on. There is power in this type of internal motivation!

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” -John Quincy Adams

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

This psychological power is what keeps a person optimistic throughout the rehabilitation process and life. There will be good days and bad days, but seeing and feeling improvement will provide the power to “not give up.”


When a person has experienced a traumatic event in life, there is an understanding and compassion for others who have had similar unfortunate circumstances. An unexplainable “love” develops for others that did not exist before. As personal improvement is achieved, this empathy for the less fortunate is often heightened and the injured person wants to be of encouragement and help and love others.

This is one of the curious conditions of man. It is almost like the desire to be of help to others can greatly increase as a person improves more. In this sense, increased love and compassion are positive results of improvement.
There is something sustaining in experiencing love both as a recipient and a giver. Love is a trait of experience that will give you the desire to continue the path to improvement.

“We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.” -Bernard Meltzer

It is through giving that improvement is maximized when there are so many obstacles. Engage in life and participate all you can through giving to others and you will receive maximized improvement in return,


A basic result of a brain injury is lack of self-control over behavior and psychological wellness. The benefit of improvement is that when a person is thinking with a clear mind, there tends to be more examples of self-control than lack of it. There still will be times of failure in this area, but the consistent application of self-control strategies will result in the ability to understand why you fail and therefore promote healing towards making necessary decisions to avoid failures!
The very fact that a person is not giving up magnifies all the benefits of self-control and therefore the person can multiply this positive experience.

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” -Ralph Marston

If you have self-control over what and how you improve, a person will lay the ground work for tomorrow. It will be positive!! If you lack self-control, the direction for tomorrow is lacking. Improving in a consistent manner through the self-control of choices will only promote future success!

These are three benefits of improvement after a brain injury. The process is slow, but if you continue to seek improvement, you will experience power, love, and self-control and reinforce future improvement. A person will feel personal power in the fact he/she has overcome insurmountable odds. He/she will feel a sense of love as an outcome of being helped by others and helping others through encouragement inspiration, and example. Lastly, he/she will feel a strong sense of self-control through personal decisions that led to maximizing improvement.

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William C. Jarvis Ed.D.
About William C. Jarvis Ed.D. 1 Article
Dr. Jarvis has developed the Jarvis Rehabilitation Method (JRM) in 2008 to create internal motivation to improve after a brain injury. Dr. Jarvis was in hospitals for eighteen months and has used these strategies for many years after his own severe TBI in 2000. Today, Dr. Jarvis walks with a cane, but has made remarkable improvement. Dr. Jarvis teaches improvement strategies that reinforce a person’s motivation. This method is based on his experience as a TBI Survivor, a teacher, a principal, college professor in Education, and co- leader of a TBI Support Group. His academic study in Education and personal understanding of the effects of a brain injury has provided an opportunity to apply motivational strategies to foster improvement during home rehabilitation.