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Study contends “Writing down your emotions proves healthy, therapeutic”

Omar Bihmidine
Omar Bihmidine is a junior high school teacher of English in Sidi Ifni city. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. He earned his B.A. from Ibn Zohr university, Agadir.
Study contends “Writing down your emotions proves healthy, therapeutic”

Tafraout, Morocco- MWN

According to research conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, writing down your life experiences and emotions can benefit your health remarkably and help you feel better about the life you are currently leading.

Sharing your feelings and perceptions about life through writing, the study suggests, can help you attain moral support, a sense of self-actualization and self-fulfillment.

Seminal research published by Prof James W. Pennebaker shows that there is a correlation between writing down one’s emotions and becoming healthier.

Online or paper-based writing, Prof Pennebaker explains, encourages writers to let go of their traumatic experiences and feel that the burden on their shoulders is eventually taken off.

A trouble shared is a trouble halved, some say. This is why some psychologists have found that sharing your trouble with others through writing or any other means is an uplifting experience.

“That just led me to ask the obvious question… if secrets are so bad, what if we brought people into the lab and had them in some way just disclose them?” Prof Pennebaker was quoted by BBC English website as saying.

According to Professor Laura A. King, editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, bottling up emotions for long leaves destructive effects on both our physical and mental health.

Expressing oneself through writing, psychologists point out, contributes to alleviating stress and overcoming moody swings and mental problems.

“If you keep your emotions bottled up it’s going to make you sick, or you’re going to get an ulcer, or you’re going to have a psychological disorder, ” Laura A. King told the BBC.

In today’s world where we get stressful easily and many people develop psychological problems, creating a blog where bloggers can share their thoughts and feelings about their lives can do much good.

Recently, researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel found out that people with social-emotional problems can benefit from blogging and writing down their thoughts, particularly since the results have proved therapeutic.

Edited by Anna Jacobs

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