Journal Writing Chapter 10
“All sorrows can be borne, if you put them in a story.” —Isak Dinesen
Historical Perspective of Journal Writing • For centuries, people have chronicled their personal thoughts • Early explorers kept journals of their explorations
Journal Writing • Journal writing can be defined as a series of written passages that document the personal events, thoughts, feelings, memories, and perceptions in one’s journey throughout life leading to wholeness. • The practice of journal writing has proven a formidable coping technique to deal with stress.
Journal Writing is said to promote emotional catharsis when thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, values, beliefs, and the tensions these create are allowed to work themselves out on paper.
Journal Writing as a Coping Technique • Short-term benefits include releasing pent-up feelings of anger and anxiety. • Long-term benefits include seeing patterns and habits of thought, perceptions, and behaviors that are not detectable on an entry-to-entry basis.
Steps to Initiate EffectiveJournal Writing • Essential elements for effective journal writing include: • a journal notebook • a pen or pencil • a quiet place to write uninterrupted • an open and honest mind
Additional Suggestions forJournal Writing • Try to identify those concerns, problems and issues that cause the most frustration, grief, and tension. • Ask yourself what emotions are elicited when these stressors are encountered. • Allow the writing process to augment your creative processes to further resolution.
Best Application of Journal Writing • A great way to release pent-up feelings • A great way to start resolving issues