Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: Idyll Arbor
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Health & Fitness
"Write about what keeps you awake at night." That's the advice James Pennebaker and John Evans offer in Expressive Writing: Words that Heal. This book will help you overcome the traumas and emotional upheavals that are keeping you awake. You'll resolve issues, improve your health, and build resilience. Based on nearly 30 years of scientific research, the book shows you how and when expressive writing can improve your health. Its clear explanations of the writing process will enable you to express your most serious issues and deal with them through writing".-- book cover.
Expressive writing is life-based writing that focuses on authentic expression of lived experience, with resultant insight, growth, and skill-building. Therapists, coaches, healthcare professionals, and educators have known for decades that expressive writing is a powerful tool for better living, learning, and healing. But until now, few have had access to practical applications that have proven successful. In this groundbreaking collection, you’ll discover: how expressive writing can call us into healing community exciting new discoveries about how writing can support neuroplasticity and actually help change our brains—and thus our thinking and behavior new research on the role of expressive writing for prevention of compassion fatigue in RNs how transformative writing can create art from the ashes of trauma the role of journal writing for emotional balance sensible ideas about the synergy of expressive writing and play therapy for children, teens, and adults interventions and strategies for the use of expressive writing in acute psychiatric care how interactive expressive writing helps deaf teens communicate inarticulate feelings and thoughts how cancer survivors can use expressive writing to reclaim identity and strength post-treatment the role of expressive writing in developing the roots of resilience for practitioners
Expressive writing is life-based writing that focuses on authentic expression of lived experience, with resultant insight, growth and skill-building. Research shows that expressive writing can help in the development of emotional intelligence, better choice-making, and healthy coping skills. In this remarkable collection, 11 experts from education and community service join to offer compelling guidance on applied practice. You’ll discover a model for a poetry group for youth at risk; how to help students develop inner resources through metaphor; a “photovoice” project to help at-risk students stay in school; how storytelling develops emotional intelligence in primary school children; a method that helps teachers become more confident writers; how expressive writing can help teachers manage stress and avoid burn-out; expressive writing as change agent for communities; the benefits and limitations of writing programs in prisons and jails; hip-hop as “the pen of the people”; finding a writing group; writing with others; the ethics and standards of practice for expressive writing in the classroom and community; guidance for all levels of learners: Primary, teens, college-age, adult; professional development, personal growth. Whether you are a teacher, a counselor, a facilitator, or a writer you’ll find this volume an invaluable and innovative resource for expressive writing in the classroom and in the community.
Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Release Date: 2016-07-15
Expressing painful emotions is hard--yet it can actually improve our mental and physical health. Distinguished psychologist James W. Pennebaker has spent decades studying what happens when people take just a few minutes to write about deeply felt personal experiences or problems. This lucid, compassionate book has introduced tens of thousands of readers to an easy-to-use self-help technique that has been proven to heal old emotional wounds, promote a sense of well-being, decrease stress, improve relationships, and boost the immune system. Updated with findings from hundreds of new studies, the significantly revised third edition now contains practical exercises to help readers try out expressive writing. It features extensive new information on specific health benefits, as well as when the approach may not be helpful.
Author: Stephen J. Lepore
Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The Writing Cure presents groundbreaking research on the cognitive, emotional, and biological pathways through which disclosure and expressive writing influences mental and physical health. Although writing has been a popular therapeutic technique for years, only recently have researchers subjected it to rigorous scientific scrutiny and applied it to persons suffering from physical illnesses such as cancer and hypertension. Contributors present cutting-edge findings on expressive writing and health outcomes and point students and scientists to new avenues of research. The volume is rich in illustrations of clinical applications for this technique and it provides examples of how expressive writing can improve the immune system and lung function, how it can diminish psychological distress and enhance relationships and social-role functioning. It also includes discussions of alternative writing intervention formats, including workbooks and the Internet. Featuring a revealing epilogue by James Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of expressive writing intervention, this volume will be of interest to researchers and practitioners who explore and work with expressive-therapy techniques.
Unpack my Heart with Words explores how literature can be used to help young victims cope with their experiences. The process of reading, discussing and rewriting carefully selected texts can have a significant therapeutic impact, as the young person identifies his or her own experience in the narrative. This book guides readers through all aspects of implementing biblio/narrative therapy with children and adolescents, from the importance of cultural sensitivity and understanding the psychological needs of the child to providing more practical information on how to choose the right text and encourage expression through the spoken and written word. It includes exercises for use in sessions, an analysis of the importance of symbol when working therapeutically with children, and a complete account of the ethics of good practice. Drawing on the author's innovative work with young asylum seekers and refugees, and with an overview of the latest research in creativity, language and memory, the book provides a comprehensive and practical resource on the use of literature to help young victims regain their dignity and overcome the overwhelmed hurt self. This book will be of immeasurable value to students and practitioners world-wide in arts and health care who work with traumatised young people, including counsellors, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, teachers, psychotherapists and social workers.
Author: McGraw-Hill Education
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Release Date: 2004-12-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Help poor writers improve their skills with Expressive Writing, an easy-to-use approach to teaching the basics of good writing. Expressive Writing focuses on the writing and the editing of basic sentences, paragraphs, and stories. Instructional strands include Mechanics, Sentence Writing, Paragraph and Story Writing, and Editing, making the program an ideal solution for students who: Have trouble getting started Have problems knowing when to capitalize and punctuate Omit important parts of the story Write incomplete sentences Ignore paragraph structure Edit ineffectively or not at all
Expressive writing is life-based writing that focuses on authentic expression of lived experience, with resultant insight, growth and skill-building. For decades, it has been the province of journals, memoirs, poets, and language arts classrooms. Social science research now provides indisputable evidence that expressive writing is also healing. In this remarkable collection, eight leading experts from education, counseling, and community service join to offer compelling guidance from applied practice. You’ll discover: How writing poetry helps primary school children develop emotional intelligence A model for helping teens at risk write safely about their deepest hurts How to engage reluctant writers and help them develop vital writing skills A simple and effective way to build structure, pacing, and containment into life-based writing How discovering the wellspring of inner speech helps strengthen writing skills A method to transform expressive writing into insightful problem-solving Easy strategies to write family stories Innovative ways to bring literature into the classroom to hone critical thinking skills through reflective practice Practical, time-tested ways for expressive writing in guidance and counseling Case studies for all levels of learners: Primary, teens, college-age, and adults Whether you are an educator, a counselor, a facilitator or a writer, you’ll find this volume an invaluable and innovative resource for the foundations of practice of expressive writing.