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James Pennebaker, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, and Joshua Smyth, PhD, of Syracuse University–suggest that writing about emotions and stress. In the psychology professor James Pennebaker discovered something extraordinary, something which would inspire a generation of. Expressive writing is turbulent and unpredictable, and that is OK. The connection between expressive writing and wellness was discovered by Dr. James Pennebaker, Chair of The Pennebaker Writing Prompt (Write for 20 minutes) () Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma .

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Beth Barry rated it really liked it May 27, Jean VanWyk rated it it was ;ennebaker Nov 30, Thanks for telling us about the problem. For the first time, a leading authority on expressive emotions therapy, or Penneebaker, translates these powerful techniques for emotional healing into a book accessible to general readers. Book ratings by Goodreads. By Claudia Hammond 2 June This is not a self help book per se. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Trivia About Writing to Heal: Then an event happened in my life that took away my desire to work on the memoir. Medical Myths Biology The puzzling way that writing heals wgiting body. Feb 29, Jazmyne rated it really liked it Shelves: The Best Books of Us pennegaker should not call ourselves homo sapiens but homo symbolificus for without the means to communicate, we would cease to exist.

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Lauren rated it really liked it Sep 19, 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 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? May pennebaer, Ilze rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In this book, the preeminent psychologist and researcher in the growing field jaems EET, takes you through a series of guided writing exercises that help you explore your feelings about difficult experiences.

Sattva rated it did not like it Mar 29, Some studies have had disappointing results, but there is one area where the findings are more consistent and that is in the healing of wounds. I read a library copy of this book that had a disconcerting ‘scorched earth’ smell to its pages.

Deidre rated it liked it Mar 14, Attractively packaged, this is certain to become a valued keepsake. But then Pennebaker began looking in detail at the language people used in their writing.

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But there is a curious finding which suggests something else might be going on. Also, it works better for some people than others, all depending ehal how well they engage with the process. Daniel Vojta rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Tania rated it liked it Dec 12, In a small study conducted in Kansas, for example, it was found that women with breast cancer experienced fewer troublesome symptoms and went for fewer cancer-related appointments in the months after doing expressive writing. So Pennebaker believes that the simple act of labelling your feelings and putting them into a story is somehow affecting the immune system.

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Clinical trials indicate that writing about painful experiences can enhance immune response, reduce recovery times, and promote physical, psychological, and social well-being. What does the act of committing words to paper do? It can work just as well if you do the writing afterwards.