The Writing Therapy

The Story Matters Most – Guest Post
Drawing by Adrian Serghie

   This is the form of therapy that we benefit the most, as bloggers. If we think about it, that’s why the writers write. They want to express what’s inside them and this eases their inner universe. The ideas or the pain get out and once the separation happened, the writers feel relieved.

   A while back I wrote about the importance of having a personal journal. I’ve mentioned that “Through writing we’ll be training our mind to give a logical shape to those thoughts which is much easier to deal with compared with some shady thoughts” (the original post can be found here). Besides exteriorizing whatever’s inside that needs to get out, shaping those dragons and dealing with them one at a time is the biggest advantage writing therapy has over other types of therapy.

   Of course, we can combine them to have the best and the most helpful approach. Btw, there I such thing as e-therapy, which is “the provision of professional mental health counseling services through the Internet. Services are typically offered via email, real-time chat, and video conferencing.” – Wikipedia

   If we want to get better, we can find all sorts of ways. We just need to be willing to do the steps required to get better.

“Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist Bruce Weigl, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has discussed the therapeutic benefits of writing, especially when combined with other forms of therapy, for people coming to terms with traumatic experiences such as war. According to Weigl, “What it helps you do is externalize things, give a shape to it. And that’s what Denise Levertov kept telling me is that, Look, you control it now. It doesn’t control you anymore. You own it now.” – Wikipedia

   Whatever we do, we just need to get the poison out before it starts messing us up from inside. Even if the messing up process began, we can still take the poison out and once it’s out, the time will heal the body.

   What poison do you try to get out through writing?

43 thoughts on “The Writing Therapy

  1. Amazing! You have perfectly put words to the feelings I have towards blogging! It is truly a way of siphoning poison from the darkest places of my heart, brain and soul…
    I write to say thoughts that have no spoken place in my life. I live alone, have no partner and my work colleagues are at best mindless background noise with no intellectual conversation in sight. I have lots of thoughts and ideas and I WANT them to be out there, not stuck in my head. Even if no-one reads it, the words are free and a part of the world. The start of my mental health problems stemmed from a Miscarriage in the first three weeks of my current (then new) job. Every day I am reminded of it. There is no escape from my grief even though it happened 3 years ago…

    Whatever your reason to write, do it!
    Luna xx

  2. As someone who has taught writing and critical thinking to university students, I can tell you all about the cathartic nature of writing, especially writing in a personal, self-reflective journal. Your piece has inspired me to write a blog, in the very near future, on the therapeutic nature of keeping a journal.

  3. You know I’m not the girl you read about on my blog, I mean, that is me but it’s not the only me – it’s the pained me – if I couldn’t let it out here I’d be in trouble out there.
    Great post

  4. Definitely was able to resonate with this! It’s so important to have this outlet of blogging. The special thing about blogging is that it simultaneously acts as a venting/ranting space and also, by nature, becomes a portfolio of our thoughts and selves that we (and others) can always refer back to.
    Thanks for the post!

  5. That’s absolutely true. I do agree that writing besides helping us to put things out, it also shapes our thoughts. I feel like I’m back to the road after writing, if you know what I mean. It looks like my mind is organized.

      1. Personally, as a form of escapism. I started writing during an awful time in my life and having a moment to write and pretend the rest is all a bad dream helped me get by.

  6. I used to write poetry and short stories simply because my attention span is short at times! Now I blog and that is similar. Journaling is great as well, I always encourage my clients to journal as often as possible just to build self-awareness and monitor progress. Great post, thanks!

  7. Writing a blog has definitely been therapeutic for me. It’s very different to writing for children, I love that also! It has been an important part of my health journey. Thank you 😊

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