Writing For Therapy
This is a great post why you should write for therapeutic reasons. I have a hard time with this as I don’t like to put negative emotion to paper because let’s face it when the emotion is positive you can write about it all day long. Its a feel good thing. But I think this article makes some valid points. I may give it a try again. Check it out at The Creative Penn. I do sometimes do Morning Pages a technique suggested by the author of The Artist Way.
EXCERPT: There have been studies in how writing affects the mind and mood for years – in all sorts of settings and forms. Poetry classes, writing in prisons, in hospitals and hospices, writing in addiction centres, bibliotherapy sessions – writing is finally being recognised as a creative therapy, alongside dance, drama, crafts and music.
One of the most powerful pieces of research in this field was undertaken by researcher James Pennebaker – he got a group of people to spend 20 minutes a day writing expressively. Read More Here