The Great Gatsby – how does it relate to Writing Therapy?

IMG137Having recently enjoyed seeing the film The Great Gatsby, I was not a little excited to see that within the story line, writing therapy is mentioned and recommended to Nick Caraway by his psychiatrist.

Nick has been through traumas with the demise of his friend Jay Gatsby, as well as the amoral way people behaved within the societal circles of a fictionalised place near New York. He is anxious, nervous and is suffering a psychiatric condition. His psychiatrist is listening to him, however, he says to Nick, (paraphrased):

“Take this journal. Write it all down as it was and happened.”

“I’m no good at writing, I have already tried that.”

“You don’t need to be, write down everything, tell the story as it was, no one need see it. You can burn it afterwards.”

So Caraway does, and he writes and writes and writes and releases himself from the strain and psychological pain that an experience like his can inflict. (A great piece of literature worth reading if you are ever interested.) His psychiatrist is describing perfectly, writing therapy.

Within this scene the essential tenets of writing therapy are communicated:

  1. Write down the incident, stress, or trauma, using narrative (one of the most effective forms though I do letters, autobiography and poetry as well in my workshops.)
  2. Be completely honest about your emotions about this event, worry, concern or anxiety. Do not censor yourself at all.
  3. Don’t worry about being a great writer, about grammar, or writing structure even, simply write the narrative in the way that you can. Write from your perspective or the perpetrators perspective if you’re bold (more release can be achieved this way, through empathy for the other).
  4. No one need see it. In fact write as if no one will ever see it. You can burn it, destroy it, publish it, shred it, have a ceremony and destroy it. The point is the writing is not for an audience, but to be completely confidential, unless you choose otherwise.

This is writing therapy, and it works, dramatically for people.

When it is examined, writing therapy has been utilised for centuries though has only been studied since the 1980s in a scientific manner. Through these studies, psychiatrists and others have shown that people can be completely healed from traumas, physically, mentally and emotionally. In fact the physical benefits were the most surprising. You can read about that here on my website.

Writing therapy is being honest with yourself, totally truthful or it doesn’t work and releasing yourself through the process of writing. It works. You do not need to be a writer. Writing prowess is actually irrelevant in this process. You do not even need to enjoy writing to practice writing therapy. By doing writing therapy you will come to enjoy writing even more as you experience freedom from worries, concerns and anxieties you didn’t think was possible. I will post more soon. Thanks for reading! Go well.

Feel Free Through Expressive Writing Therapy

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Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 2013

10am – 12:30

Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre

Cost: $55.00 (includes morning tea)

Do you sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed with issues in your life? Are there emotions you wish to be free from? There is a way. Expressive Writing therapy has been proven to provide healing from any issues as well as provide tangible, physical health benefits.

Come and join with others in a fun and safe environment to experience freedom through written expression achieving a feeling of well being and peace whilst making exciting discoveries about yourself.

Bookings are essential, as numbers are limited. Contact Suzanne on strong.suzanne@gmail.com. You can also find us on Facebook at Write for Life.

Expressive Writing Therapy

Come and join us for an Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop!

February 16, 2013.

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Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with everything? Do you want to be released from stresses in your life? This unique workshop allows you to be freed through Expressive Writing Therapy, which has been proven to release people from past traumas and stress as well as providing tangible, physical health benefits.

This form of art therapy will provide positive ways to look at your life and self and through this discoveries are made and emotional release achieved. Join with others and be supported in a fun and safe environment.

Feel free to read other people’s experiences with these writing therapy workshops. If you have any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact myself on 5326 3103 OR 0438 577 843 or email to this site. We are also on Facebook at Write For Life. Feel free to read other people’s experiences with these writing therapy workshops.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: Sat Feb 16, 2013.
TIME: 10-12:30pm
VENUE: Buderim

More workshops coming up in the New Year!

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As new year approaches everyone gets excited. Newness, fresh starts, crisp clean pieces of white paper with no blots or blemishes on them yet, makes us feel anticipation, hope and exuberance. There will be more Writing Therapy Workshops this year, as well as some Creative Writing Short Story and Memoir Workshops. Writing Therapy can help you to embrace the new year, rid yourself of issues, problems, emotions or memories that have kept you bound for years, months or even weeks. You can then go forward, feeling more positive emotions than the ones you will leave behind and be able to more fully step into or take up the mantle of the things you wish to do, be, see, experience in this year to come.

Be free from these old patterns and any stress that has bound you and kept you from letting go of things in the past and being able to be truly present in the now, fully accepting all of the joys of life that are now yours to be savoured.

Feel free to email me about any of these workshops, or comment and I look forward to more interaction in the New Year. Happy New Year. : )

Expressive Writing Workshop

Do you sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed with issues in your life? Are there emotions you wish to be free from? There is a way. Expressive Writing has been proven to release people from these past traumas as well as provide tangible, physical health benefits.

This unique form of art therapy will allow you to gain emotional and mental freedom from the stresses that always arise in life. Join with others and be supported in a fun and safe environment.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Please book before October 22, 2012 or you may miss out. Contact Suzanne Strong on 5326 3103 OR 0438 577 843 or email to this site. We are also on Facebook at Write For Life.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: Saturday October 27, 2012
TIME: 10am-1230noon
LOCATION: Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim.
Morning Tea included.

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