Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release Date: 2010-10-01
This book takes readers through a series of guided writing exercises that help them explore their feelings about difficult experiences. Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains how to proceed with journal exercises and what they are structured to help accomplish. The exercises leave readers with a strong sense of their value in the world.
Susan Zimmermann experienced a devastating loss when her first child, Katherine, developed a neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or talk. Faced with her daughter’s disability, Susan struggled with fear, denial, guilt, bitterness, and despair. She began to heal only through writing. Working through conflicting emotions with paper and pen enabled her to transform her sadness into acceptance and even joy. Writing to Heal the Soul is Susan’s gift to others—everyone, not just writers—who are suffering any kind of grief or loss, whether the injury, disability, or death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship. Lyrically illustrated with true stories from the author and others, the book offers simple yet inspiring writing exercises to help you resolve your pain as you transform your grief into words of hope and healing. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Sandra Marinella
Publisher: New World Library
Release Date: 2017-04-14
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
A practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling, The Story You Need to Tell is the product of Sandra Marinella’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching writing, and her research into its profound healing properties. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding, telling, and editing personal stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. She also shares her own experience of using journaling and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and postpartum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents helps us “to unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.”
Author: Kai-Ming Eric Lau
Publisher: Open Dissertation Press
Release Date: 2017-01-27
This dissertation, "Write to Heal: How Cognitive-change-promoting Expressive Writing May Relieve the Adverse Effects of Stressful Life Events" by Kai-ming, Eric, Lau, 劉繼明, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract Abstract of thesis entitled "Write to Heal ― How Cognitive-change-promoting Expressive Writing may relieve the adverse effects of Stressful Life Events" Submitted by Eric LAU, Kai Ming for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong October, 2006 (First Submission) February, 2007 (Final Submission) Stressful Life Event (SLE) is a common cause of psychological distress, with a lifetime prevalence of over 90% in any population. However, its significance is often overlooked. Posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) (mainly Intrusion and Avoidance) and a decline in Life Satisfaction are two characteristic adverse effects of SLE. Left untreated, they may persist for decades. Worse, the occurrence of any new SLE may interact with existing PTSS to trigger a full-blown Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The prevalence of SLE rules out the possibility that it can be dealt with on the global level by conventional therapist-dependent approach, especially in the Third World. A solution that is therapist-independent and affordable is urgently needed. Expressive Writing (EW) is such a potential solution. Cognitive Processing is most widely believed to be the mechanism responsible for the beneficial effects of EW, yet to date no proof has been A1 Abstract established. The main reason for this is the lack of a way to manipulate, and the right tool to measure, Cognitive Processing. On the other hand, examination of past EW experiments revealed a curious pattern of outcome: when EW is prescribed for Stressful Life Event (SLE) using posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) as the outcome measure, the result consistently fell into one of the three categories: no improvement; a blanket reduction in PTSS; or, the original relationship between PTSS and another symptom got moderated by EW. However, no theory has been available to make sense of such a pattern. With this thesis, all the above are going to change. First, this thesis is going to define the notions of Dose and efficacy of an EW treatment. With Dose and efficacy defined, the above-mentioned pattern becomes but a function of balance between the relative strength of EW (determined by its Dose and efficacy) and the relative strength of an SLE (determined by its distressfulness). When the relative strength of EW is much smaller than that of an SLE, no improvement will occur (Phase 0 Relief); when the reverse is true, there will be a blanket reduction in PTSS (Phase 2 Relief). Otherwise, the positive relationship between PTSS and another symptom will be moderated (Phase 1 Relief). This is the Biphasic Model of Relief by EW that this thesis postulates. Informed by the Biphasic Model, a new EW protocol, Cognitive-change-promoting Expressive Writing (CcpEW) is engineered to boost the relative strength of EW by manipulating and taking advantages of Cognitive Processing. Moreover, the Cognitive Change Checklist (CCC) is developed to measure Cognitive Processing in terms of the amount of cognitive changes occurred. The results of a randomised controlled trial show that CcpEW indeed is able to manipulate Cognitive Processing and the CCC is able to measure it reliably. CcpEW is found to be much more efficacious than conventional EW in reducing PTSS and the reduction it achieved is statistically as well as cl
Author: Christina Christou
Release Date: 2014-10-23
A self-help book which promotes the use of the easily accessible art of writing, namely journaling and writing affirmations, to heal from trauma, including depression and grief, and assist in changing our thoughts to attract a more desirable life.
For the first time in history, the opportunity exists to not only become the published author of a book, but much more importantly, to rise, and rise rapidly, to the ranks of being a best-selling author without selling your soul. I know Borders has closed and Barnes & Noble is preparing for either a major sell off or, bankruptcy. Even though those moves may comprise a major personal tragedy of sorts for employees or those two corporations, for us, as authors, they signal a major breakthrough. One which, if taken advantage of, can lead you to the type of personal, professional, and financial fame as an author you could only have dreamt of before. Read on?
Acclaimed author Louise DeSalvo draws on her own experience and the lives of others to examine the healing power of the writing process. In this landmark work, DeSalvo uses her twenty years as a teacher of writing to explore how the creative process can in fact be a restorative tool. She looks at the cutting-edge scientific research on the subject and presents dozens of anecdotes of famous writers and beginners in the field to illuminate her theory that writing can repair pain--and keep our demons at bay. In Writing as a Way of Healing, DeSalvo also develops a detailed program of exercises that shows writers and nonwriters alike how to "open up" to themselves through writing, write regularly in a relaxed way, and achieve a state of personal acceptance through writing. DeSalvo's techniques will provide a solid foundation for writers to benefit both physically and emotionally from telling their stories. DeSalvo writes with remarkable insight of a wide range of writers who have found that their work helped them to heal, including Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Kenzaburo Oe, Djuna Barnes, Peter Handke, Jamaica Kincaid, and Mark Doty. In these pages, we become familiar with writers' stories of healing: Isabel Allende deals with the anguish of sitting near her comatose daughter's bedside by beginning to compose a letter to her that eventually becomes the memoir Paula. Henry Miller, despondent when his wife, June, left him for another woman and contemplating suicide, instead works through the night on a story that details his life with June. This brief outline, written during a time of Miller's sharpest despair, serves as the inspiration for his greatest novels. DeSalvo illustrates how writers can find solace in their work if they ensure that they have a safe environment and a deliberate plan to approach the writing process. She also discusses what went wrong for writers "at risk" like Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, and she warns of the danger of using writing as a call for help instead of seeking help. According to DeSalvo, the way to responsibly write, to heal, is to make an effort to understand our experiences as we write about them. The healing power comes from the reflection on the pain we are living through. In this inspiring book, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing. Based on her twenty years of research, DeSalvo show how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. She draws on the journals, diaries, letters, and works of dozens of famous writers and students of the craft to illustrate how people "change physically and psychologically when they work on projects that grow from a deep, authentic place." With insight and wit, she illuminates how writers, from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, have been transformed by the wiring process. Writing as a Way of Healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers.
Author: Susan Gubar
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2016-05-17
Genre: Health & Fitness
An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist. Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers, and the specialists who seek to serve them. In a book both enlightening and practical, she describes how the activities of reading and writing can right some of cancer’s wrongs. To stimulate the writing process, she proposes specific exercises, prompts, and models. In discussions of the diary of Fanny Burney, the stories of Leo Tolstoy and Alice Munro, numerous memoirs, novels, paintings, photographs, and blogs, Gubar shows how readers can learn from art that deepens our comprehension of what it means to live or die with the disease. From a writer whose own memoir, Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer, was described by the New York Times Book Review as “moving and instructive…and incredibly brave,” this volume opens a path to healing.
Author: Dianne Donnelly
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Release Date: 2010-05-28
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book explores the effectiveness of the writing workshop in the Creative Writing classroom, searching beyond the question of whether or not the workshop works to consider alternative pedagogical models. The needs of a growing and diverse student population are central to the contributors' consideration of non-normative pedagogies. This book is a must-read for all teachers of Creative Writing.