478694253“People who engage in expressive writing report feeling happier and less negative than before writing. Similarly, reports of depressive symptoms, rumination, and general anxiety tend to drop in the weeks and months after writing about emotional upheavals.” ~Dr. James Pennebaker

“Writing creates tangible footprints which can, and probably will, be followed . . .” ~Gillie Bolton

“When we write honestly and openly about how we feel and why we feel that way, we are better able to sort through the mental clutter that often separates our emotions from our understanding and, therefore, better appreciate ourselves and our emotions.” ~Meredith Lane

“Therapeutic creative writing offers personal, explorative and expressive processes, similar to creative writing’s first stages. Patients, clients, tutees and students are offered guidance and inspiration by a clinician, facilitator or creative writer, and support in choosing a subject and form. Each writer works according to their own interests, concerns, wants and needs.” ~Gillie Bolton

“Memories that are the result of traumatic or stressful events are stored as fragmented or poorly organized thoughts and images. Because these memories have not been processed, they may appear at random or as an intrusive thought, such as a flashback. After journaling, during which a traumatic experience is written out, fragmented thoughts and images become part of a story, a narrative, smoothing the ragged edges of memory.” ~Susan Borkin

“You are the person who knows you by heart. Yet you are probably quite a stranger to yourself. It’s a funny thing: we are the greatest authorities on ourselves, yet we are extraordinarily deaf to the ‘still small voices’ inside, which offer the keys to understanding. Get to know the person ‘who knows you by heart’ better.” ~Gillie Bolton

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