What is Expressive Writing Therapy?

The act of writing down, in many forms, deep and emotional issues or events in our lives and releasing ourselves from the burden of these things recurring in our minds.
Psychologists have been exploring the physical and emotional affects of writing therapy for more than 30 years.

Expressive Writing Therapy accompanies normal counseling or therapy and does not replace it.

Crossing both sides of your brain, Expressive Writing Therapy engages your left side to recount events logically and with accuracy, whilst accessing your deepest emotions about these events on the right side, through study, psychologists have discovered this is why it provides a complete release from pain and a holistic level of healing. This allows individuals the ability to move on from pain that may have haunted them for years, weeks, months, or days. It provides complete freedom.

The studies found that writing therapy, which takes different forms but involves writing about our deep emotions about events and people in our lives, produces many, many physical health benefits as well as emotional benefits.

Benefits of Writing Therapy:

Direct Physical Health Benefits:

Less stress-related visits to the doctor
Improved immune system response
Reduced blood pressure
Improved Lung functioning in asthma
Improved liver function
Fewer days in hospital
Improved Immune response in HIV and cancer sufferers.
Reduced Hospitalisations for cystic fibrosis

Emotional Effects:

Improved mood/affect of individuals practicing it.
Feeling of greater psychological well-being
Reduced levels of depression before examinations
Fewer post-traumatic avoidance symptoms

Social and behavioural outcomes

Reduced absenteeism from work
Quicker re-employment after job loss
Improved working memory
Improved sporting performance
Higher students’ grade point average
Improved social and verbal communicative behaviour (including with language).

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3 thoughts on “What is Expressive Writing Therapy?

  1. Hi Suzanne,

    I am also interested in writing’s potential to help with emotional suffering. At the moment I am completing Eric Maisel’s workshop on the Human Experience Specialist and it also outlines a similar approach to what you advocate.

    It is great to connect with someone who talks about writing in the same way.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Regards,
    Annelise

    1. Hi Annelise, thanks so much for your comment. I am interested to know what you are referring to with Eric Maisel’s workshops, they sound interesting. 😊 Thanks again for your comment and interest. 🙂
      Kind regards,
      Suzanne

  2. Hi Suzanne,

    No worries at all. In regards to Eric’s workshop, I am completing a course on the role of a Human Experience Specialist of the future. It takes an existential approach to human suffering, rather than the medical model that is dominant within the discourse that surrounds emotional health. What I like about Eric’s approach is that he is deeply empathetic and advocates helping individuals find meaning in their lives.

    When I was reading your writing about Expressive Writing Therapy, I could also see threads of Eric’s approach, particularly using language to convey what we are going through.

    Well done!

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