This is the seventh anniversary of our LifeJournal newsletter! Writing the monthly newsletter has been one impetus for me to stay up-to-date with the latest books, news, and research about journal writing. Let me know if you have any requests for articles.
This month I’m sharing with you some tidbits from an excellent book I recently read, Writing for Emotional Balance, by Beth Jacobs, Ph.D. I recommend this book if you, like about probably 95% of the population, have issues surrounding your emotions: not being able to express your emotions appropriately or not being in touch with your emotions.
The second article discusses the power of writing for cancer patients, as described in a recent article in the New York Times. It’s a new study that shows, once again, the benefits to on one’s health of expressive writing. In response to that article, I’ve put together some prompts for people dealing with cancer. I hope it’s helpful to some of you.
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Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions, a book by Beth Jacobs, Ph.D.
Have you ever felt so angry, betrayed, frustrated, or insulted that you have lashed out and blurted out words that you wish you hadn’t? Or felt so intimidated, shy, fearful, and overwhelmed that you didn’t say something that you wish you had? Or not resolved a difficult or painful experience from your past? If so—and I would guess that each of us to some extent has had one of these experiences—then Beth Jacobs’ book is definitely worth reading.
The Power of Writing Benefits Cancer Patients
Whenever there’s a new article about how journal writing benefits a particular subset of the population, I see it as more evidence that expressive writing helps just about everybody. This recent study looks at patients with leukemia or lymphoma who were involved in a study to write while waiting to see their oncologist. Seehttps://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/the-power-of-words-for-cancer-patients/
Prompts for Cancer Patients:
1. How have you changed since the cancer diagnosis? How are you the same?
2. Describe the story-the circumstances, your thoughts and feelings-when you were told that you had cancer. Was any one with you when you were told of the diagnosis?
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“Journals are like a checkpoint between your emotions and the world. They are very private but allow you to view your feelings from some distance. In a journal, you can clarify, release, organize, and soothe your feelings. You can experiment without consequences. Journals provide flexibility for approaching and understanding your own emotions.” –Beth Jacobs, Ph.D.
“One major benefit [of writing in a journal] is the opportunity to re-experience trauma in a situation that’s safe and allows people to control the intensity of the experience because they can stop it at will. But even more, the researchers believe that writing changes traumatic memories from chaotic impressions into an organized mental framework…. What helps to make change is the combination of letting the feeling out and structuring it.” –Beth Jacobs, Ph.D.