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Anyone who has ever entrusted a troubling secret to a journal, or mourned a broken heart with a friend, knows the feeling of relief that expressing painful emotions can bring. This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conductedAnyone who has ever entrusted a troubling secret to a journal, or mourned a broken heart with a friend, knows the feeling of relief that expressing painful emotions can bring. This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research that sheds new light on the powerful mind body connection. This book interweaves his findings with insightful case studies on secret-keeping, confession, and the hidden price of silence. Filled with information and encouragement, Opening Up explains:*Why suppressing inner problems takes a devastating toll on health *How long-buried trauma affects the immune system *How writing about your problems can improve your health *Why it's never too late to heal old emotional wounds *When self-disclosure may be risky--and how to know whom to trust ...

Title : Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions
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ISBN : 9781572302389
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 249 Pages
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Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions Reviews

  • Justin
    2019-01-11 15:49

    Keeping things to ourselves creates stress whereas expressing them through talking or writing benefits our mental and physical health. Pennebaker's research explores how inhibition hurts us compared to confrontation which although painful at first can ultimately benefit us. His research has focused on self-disclosure through writing in an laboratory setting with physiological measures. That said, his research brings some fascinating insights, but a good amount of it remains correlational. He explores how different thinking styles affect our self-disclosure and coping, as well as the timeline of trauma coping. He talks about the value of writing, the social variables including who we disclose to and how we are affected as listeners. He discusses positive emotions such as love and how it relates to disclosure which affects us in a similar way to trauma. His writings of the inhibited personality, and the sociological approach to cities stimulates discussion, but is a bit limited. He then looks at confession in different contexts and how it can shape how we interpret our experiencs. And finally, the benefits of writing on well-being.Overall, this was an englightening read, and reminds us to express ourselves.

  • Dottie Parish
    2018-12-31 15:40

    James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., in his book, Opening Up, The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion, describes a study of unemployed men. The men who wrote about losing their jobs found new jobs much more quickly than the two control groups. Writing helped them vent anger, hurt and pain about their job loss. It enabled them to let go of painful experiences, and this in turn, helped them be effective in finding employment.As a clinical social worker I know writing is helpful, Writing will help with any type of crisis or problem. If you're dealing with anger or resentment, write a letter to the person you're angry with, but don't send the letter. Sending an angry letter makes things worse. The point is to get your anger, hurt or pain out on paper. Include specific details when you write. This helps you understand what happened, and helps you let go of anger and hurt. Read the book and see www.Faithnotes-dottie.blogspot for more.

  • Eri
    2018-12-30 08:23

    Try experiment yourself by writing down anything that emerge from your mind, heart and soul during your hard times, sadness, dissapointment, heart break, down hearted... Writing is the best therapy - as James' experiments have proved them - 'coz I did it too as part of healing my tumour in 2006-2007. Released all the stress, worries, wondering mind, doubtfulness, and many more. To cure illness by expressing yourself in writing is the best treatment.

  • LizzardN
    2018-12-18 12:31

    Changed my life :)

  • Mary Alice
    2018-12-27 11:50

    Thoughtful explanations of studies Pennebaker conducted concerning confiding in others and expressing those thougts through writing.

  • Antonella Danna
    2019-01-10 11:48

    Il mio voto al libro dovrebbe essere considerato in parte in quanto non ho terminato la lettura. All'inizio il libro mi sembrava interessante, ma ho notato pensieri e riflessioni troppe volte ripetute per cui ho staccato la lettura prima di raggiungere metà del libro. Ammetto che per chi è interessato all'ambito della psicologia può risultare interessante, a me non è piaciuto tanto.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 08:44

    4/5 stars *read for an English class

  • Nissa
    2018-12-29 07:41

    Writing about my traumatic experiences and my feelings associated with it (in the method that is discussed in this book) has been the most therapeutic thing I have done to heal from my abusive childhood. This allowed me to express all of the emotions that I had as a child, and never had the chance to say out loud. I started writing about it when I was 9, and have continued. I like that this book is grounded in genuinely well done scientific research.

  • Debbi
    2018-12-29 12:26

    I'm not generally a self-help type person, but the author did provide some good information. This book is a result of his own studies on this subject. While I wanted to disagree with some of his conclusions, he did have the data to back up his claims. The book did lose steam on the last 1/3 of the book. How many times can you say that same thing over and over again?

  • Olga
    2018-12-20 11:25

    A great book on the benefits of writing. He describes his experiment that show the benefits of writing about traumatic events for different circumstances: a traumatic event in the past, a secret that one cannot share with others, a natural disaster that crossed one's life. Written in a very engaging way. I'll read more.

  • Jodi
    2019-01-16 14:42

    Perhaps it was all the hype, but I was disappointed by this book. The research he cites is interesting, but it raised as many questions as it answered. I agree that for some of us, journaling is a healing and useful tool, but there are so many variables that were not explored that I thought the analysis and conclusions were facile and unconvincing.

  • Kim
    2019-01-01 13:29

    This book had some very interesting information on the physiological effects of inhibition, though I do feel the book was a bit long for the content provided. It seemed that the author was elaborating to fill space and grabbing at straws to tie everything together. But it is an interesting read, especially for those who are not inclined to be as open about their lives and feelings as some may be.

  • S. Aeschliman
    2019-01-18 10:43

    This book, which summarizes decades of research conducted by Pennebaker, is surprisingly easy to read and contains not only a formula for self-healing through writing but also insight into how brainwashing works. I highly recommend it!

  • Jeanne Burkhart
    2019-01-01 13:40

    I have encouraged a lot of supervisees to read this over the years and so thought I finally should. It's a good book to read if you work with trauma survivors, since it validates the importance of revealing your thoughts and feelings about difficult life experiences.

  • Vicki
    2019-01-04 07:25

    James W. Pennebaker speaks about ground breaking new therapy to help those with past traumas. I learned so much and am going to apply it to a program I'm developing. He's the leading authority and I am so grateful he wrote this book.

  • Josephine Ensign
    2019-01-15 07:29

    Good chapters on "The Social Price of Disclosure" (includes secondary trauma and burnout) and on the uses of personal writing in education. Many of Pennebaker's books have repetitious material, such as on all of his research studies.

  • Frank
    2018-12-26 15:44

    Although not all of this book needs to be read in order to learn therapeutic writing techniques, it is, throughout, an enjoyable read. You will read of the experiments performed by the author and other psychologists, which are very, very interesting.Very easy to understand.

  • Alison
    2018-12-25 09:20

    This was a recommendation from my new trauma hero, Bessel van der Kolk, at his training "New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment". This is not a new book, but highlighted as a useful book that espouses the benefits of writing/narrative therapy.

  • Nancy Stephan
    2018-12-28 12:20

    A great book of Pennebaker's original research on the effects of expressive writing on health outcomes, a subject near and dear to my heart.

  • James
    2019-01-08 10:25

    great inspiration for inspiring writers and new writers alike: capturing the health aspects of writing

  • Becca
    2018-12-24 09:39

    Great book! About the healing power of expressing emotions..good complimentary testimony to journal writing

  • Audrey
    2019-01-09 08:49

    The author was recommended in a class I took.... I was surprised what an easy read it was

  • Andre Jones Jr
    2019-01-12 11:25

    Better tuned for someone who's a regular, non-writing Joe. Who might be the equivalent of someone looking for a shaman.

  • Chin Hwa
    2018-12-22 08:36

    TOO GOOD. Integrated a lot of what I had been thinking about health, writing, teaching, language, and healing... A surprisingly easy read for a psychology book!

  • John Weiler
    2018-12-25 07:21

    A haphazard collection of lacklustre anecdotes masquerading as a scholarly work. I regret wasting my time on this.

  • Elizabeth Gates
    2019-01-01 13:23

    So accessible. The kind of research report you can point doubters to and know their questions will be answered in comprehensible form

  • MO
    2018-12-29 11:50

    About the power of writing, disclosure, and how be a good listener.

  • Jean
    2019-01-14 07:25

    I continue to be interested in journaling and the benefits of it. Pennebaker is a pioneer in this field, and I enjoyed reading about the roots of his research.