Writing as therapy - Notes
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Writing without judgement can be an effective form of therapy.
Letting our unfiltered thoughts on the paper can also be a form of processing thoughts. There’s a strong benefit to verbalizing ideas. For one we can see them more clearly, since most often than not we think we know what we are thinking but we really don’t
Writing in this way is a valid way to get clarity, uncover the root of problems, face our own emotions, etc.
Through writing we engage in a dialog with ourselves. Through this dialog we can process much easier than through thinking alone.
Journaling in particular, is a form of writing many times recommended for its therapeutic benefits. It might not entirely replace therapy for some individuals, but it might be used as part of other guided treatments.
Writing without judgment can be a truly transformative experience. By letting our unfiltered thoughts flow onto the page, we are able to process and understand them in a way that simply thinking about them might not allow. It’s amazing how often we think we know exactly what we’re thinking, only to realize that there’s so much more going on beneath the surface.
But it’s not just about understanding our own thoughts - the act of verbalizing them can also be incredibly clarifying. Suddenly, the muddled jumble of ideas in our heads starts to make a lot more sense. And by facing our own emotions head on, we can gain valuable insights into the root causes of any problems we may be facing.
So, go ahead and grab a pen and paper (or your favorite writing app). Start a dialogue with yourself and see where it takes you. You might be surprised at what you uncover. And while journaling is a particularly effective form of writing for these purposes, any form of self-expression can be therapeutic. So don’t be afraid to let your creativity shine! Of course, it’s important to remember that writing shouldn’t entirely replace therapy for those who need it, but it can certainly be a powerful supplement to guided treatments.