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Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma & Emotional Upheaval

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For the first time, a leading authority on expressive emotions therapy, or EET, translates these powerful techniques for emotional healing into a book accessible to general readers. Through guided journal writing exercises, this book helps readers translate their traumatic, emotionally disturbing experiences into powerful writing that is clinically proven to promote recove ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those battling to bear their cross
I found out about Prof Pennebaker’s research while I was busy with my thesis and in particular this quote by D N Perkins: “... The fact that human beings involve themselves in inventing something as ‘impractical’ as poems seems to follow from our status as sapient beings who communicate and can represent boundaries to ourselves ... Although such an account may explain pragmatic invention, it falls short of explicating ‘impractical’ inventive activities like poetry writing. Why bother with such s ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This book helped me get through some tough times growing up and I recommend it to anyone who has dealt with trauma or depression. It is very interesting -- explaining the biological and psychological effects of writing -- and it takes you through the steps of beginning to express yourself through writing. After reading this book and participating in the creative writing exercises, it turns out that paper and pen were the best healers I could have.
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I love this man! I love his book and have been reading it with great relish. This is not a self help book per se. Rather, it is a psychology study written for all of us and we are bound to glean so many benefits if we do just what he is saying. I wish he told more stories to make the point and elaborated a bit. But the guy is not a chatterer. He is a therapist and he weighs his words carefully. I followed his ideas and I was healed from PTSD that came to me as a result of being persecuted by Mus ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A lot of the same as my review for "When I Whisper...". This book also has an EXTENSIVE body of literature in its references, so if you're looking for more research-backed methods to incorporate into your classroom, you have quite a bit at your disposal.

The second half of this book is a six-week intensive writing to heal thing, but it looks really cool so I'm going to try it this summer when I have more time.
Mar 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: trauma victims, abuse victims, journal writers
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was successful in following the book's advice, doing the journaling in a timely fashion. That's rare for me, but it was something I needed to do to continue writing my memoir. Then an event happened in my life that took away my desire to work on the memoir. In the throes of grieving, I tried to do the Writing to Heal process again, but didn't finish. Maybe it was too soon.
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Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
More of a journal workbook than a 'real' book, it never-the-less has an interesting structure and inclusion of helpful writing prompts. I like his 'flip-out rule'--of not writing about something you're not ready emotionally to write about. And I like his inclusion of the benefits/uses of nonverbal expressions, including art and dance to address certain topics--then writing about the experience of using these nonverbal expressions. I read a library copy of this book that had a disconcerting 'scor ...more
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Interesting but derivative.
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