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					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
              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
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 Effective
            Journal 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 for
            Journal 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
 Best Application of Journal Writing

• A great way to release pent-up feelings
• A great way to start resolving issues

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