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A Terrible Event, Or A Silver Lining? It All Depends On Your Frame

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A Terrible Event, Or A Silver Lining? It All Depends On Your Frame

A Terrible Event, Or A Silver Lining? It All Depends On Your Frame

A Terrible Event, Or A Silver Lining? It All Depends On Your Frame

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Colin Dale and his wife, Lori, still go to the train platform where he was the victim of a crime that changed the course of his life. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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Colin Dale and his wife, Lori, still go to the train platform where he was the victim of a crime that changed the course of his life.

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We have lots of ways to describe the good that can come from bad: a blessing in disguise, a silver lining. But what if the bad that led to the good was truly awful?

This was the case with Colin Dale. Colin is 42, a happily married technology consultant with two teenage children. But last winter, he was the victim of a terrible crime that changed the course of his life.

Listen to the episode to hear the story – and how our framing of events can change the way we experience our lives.

The Hidden Brain Podcast is hosted by Shankar Vedantam. This episode was produced by Tara Boyle and edited by Jennifer Schmidt. Our staff includes Maggie Penman, Chris Benderev and Renee Klahr. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here. You can also follow us on Twitter @hiddenbrain, and listen for Hidden Brain stories each week on your local public radio station.