Friday, November 30, 2012

Expressive Writing ..... A Route To Healing.

" People who engage in expressive writing report feeling happier and less negative than before writing. Similarly, reports of depressive symptoms, rumination, and general anxiety tend to drop in the weeks and months after writing about emotional upheavals "
~ James W. Pennebaker ~

Expressive writing is a personal writing. It expresses and explores the personal feelings of the writer. The piece may attempt to answer a question, state an opinion or recount the writer's personal experiences.

Pennebaker, a professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Texas says, " when people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health "

Our mind are designed to try to understand things that happen to us. When a traumatic event occurs or we undergo a major life transition, our minds have to work overtime to try to process the experience. When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.

Tips for writing to heal :

> find a time and place where you won't be disturbed
> write continuously for at least 20 minutes
> don't worry about spelling or grammar
> write only for yourself
> write about something extremely personal and important for you
> deal only with events or situations you can handle now

Longer-term benefits of expressive writing :

> reduced depressive symptoms before examinations
> improved mood/affect
> feeling of greater psychological well-being
> reduced blood pressure
> improved immune system functioning
> improved lung/liver function
> reduced absenteeism
> improved working memory
> improved sporting performance
> higher students' grade point average
> altered social and linguistic behaviour

" The most successful person is the one who is most inspired. My passion for reading has always inspired my writing. "


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