[INFJ] Journal Writing ,Diary,Poetry as therapy for an INFJ

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This is a discussion on Journal Writing ,Diary,Poetry as therapy for an INFJ within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; writing has been a lifesaver for me helped me cope and gain clarity have any other INFJ's felt this way ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Journal Writing ,Diary,Poetry as therapy for an INFJ

    writing has been a lifesaver for me

    helped me cope and gain clarity

    have any other INFJ's felt this way as well ?
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    poetry helps me think =)

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I definitely agree with that writing diary has been quite good therapy for me. I started to write diary last december when my ex-gf left me, I just had to find a way to flood all the shitty feelings out of mind. Sometimes I just have waaay to much thoughts in my mind and I have to express them somehow when there's no one else around. It is something I'd recommend everyone to do.

    EDIT: I also write poetry which usually is quite sad, but when I was love tripping I wrote quite a lot of love poems.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    from www.healingwithsoul.com

    Writing Therapy
    Writing Therapy is a new way of healing, having been researched since 1970. It is currently the hottest form of healing on the market because it is so new and it works! With WT you are invited to grow, balance and recreate yourself, ailments and life.
    The core of writing for therapeutic purpose lies within you. You choose the genre, how you wish to express yourself and your timeframe (twenty minutes a day is a proven remedy). This is a self-administered, re-creative method to increase wisdom and therapeutic needs using traditional and exploratory writing methods. Your writing is self-started, adaptable, handy and requires no talent. All writing levels are welcome.
    Writing genres with which you may choose to heal include: poetry, storytelling, journalling, memoir, humor and narrative. I have written all of these different kinds to heal, grow and change and have also added drama and screenplay writing.
    Healing and Research
    Writing Therapy helps to relieve: abuse, cancer, asthma, depression, arthritis, disorders, trauma and depression. You will feel more in control of yourself and your life after a twenty minute (or longer according to your need) writing session. Writing therapy has a proven positive track record with: heart rate, immune system function, blood pressure, stress relief, infection and disease lowering. Many therapists also offer writing therapy to those in shelters, abuse homes and prisons.

    Writing Therapy is a new healing form, developed and researched by James W. Pennebaker, PhD and his teams at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin since 1975. During that time he tested thousands of individuals and found the key to healing a wide variety of illnesses by using words to affect health. He explored the nature of self-disclosure, confession, inhibition, trauma and other disease-related conditions. Pennebaker writes in the Preface to his landbreaking book, Opening Up, The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions (1990, Guilford Press):
    • "...writing or talking about your experiences may improve both your physical and mental health. I am not selling a miracle cure. Rather, recent studies from around the world are uncovering some exciting findings that may help you in your coping."
    Since the 1980's authors, teachers and scientists have determined that writing helps to heal many conditions. More research studies have been and are being completed.

    As you can see, Writing Therapy is not a critique group composite. All comments are honest and kind and no abuse or pornography, written or suggested is allowed.

    Book Listing
    Of note are the writings of several key authors and teachers. Jaclyn's books may be among these in days to come...:
    Writing as a Way of Healing, How Telling Our Stories Transforms our Lives, by Louise DeSalvo, 1999, Beacon Press. (Ms. DeSalvo teaches at CUNY.)
    Poetic Medicine, by John Fox, 1997, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. (John is president 2003 - 2005 of the National Association of Poetry Therapists-NAPT.org.)
    The Way of the Journal, by Kathleen Adams, MA, LPC, 1998, Sidran Press. (Ms. Adams is past president of NAPT and is Director of the Center for Journal Therapy.)
    The Journal Wheel Guidebook and Wheel, by Deborah Bouziden, 2001, Rodgers and Nelson. (A great book and tool for getting started, new thinking, movement...)
    Living to Tell the Tale, by Jane Taylor McDonnell, 1998, Penguin Books. (A great how-to book.)
    Writing the Memoir, by Judith Barrington, 1997, The Eighth Mountain Press. (Ms. Barrington offers you a template for writing your true stories.
    On Writing, a Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King, 2000, Pocket Books / Simon & Schuster. (Also with lots of memoir for ideas and insight and the ABC's of writing.)
    What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter, 1990, Harper Perennial. (Great exercises for all ideas you need to write.)
    Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg, 1986, Shambhala Press. (How to use all methods, with definitions and all.)
    Opening Up, the Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, by James W. Pennebaker, PhD, 1990, The Guilford Press. (Research and many studies cited.) There are many research studies currently underway and many writers offer their own writings at their website.
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    Yes, exactly that way. I started writing poetry to get me through some hard times back when I was a teen and all the way up to now (23). It's nice being able to turn all that misery into something beautiful.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    and here is a very insightful link on the subject-she feels that the opening of creativity heals alot of unhealthy emotions

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    I definitely feel this way! I kept lots of detailed journals that, while not healthy (me obsessing over people), helped keep me from hurting myself and worked as an outlet for my emotions. I still keep a (more positive) journal and LiveJournal has really helped me through a lot. I am on LiveJournal making posts all the time. Also I write poetry almost everyday. I've written novels having some basis in my personal experiences and writing them was also helpful.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    unico,thank you for sharing

    and yes,I have felt that when down ,writing and putting those emotions on paper have helped greatly,and also as you said a more positive journal puts things into perspective.I worked on a gratefulness journal,things that Im gratefull for that brings me joy.I admit ,when feeling down it's hard writing in that journal.It takes more effort than the negative one,but keeping at it and gradually you see results Sometimes,that warm feeling of gratefulness does come

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I definitely think it has healing qualities and I do write poetry from time to time. I used to keep a diary as a child, but when my mom found it and read it, I vowed to never write my emotions/feelings/thoughts down again. Talk about feeling completely violated. At any rate...I've recently decided to start journaling again, although I haven't quite put pen to paper yet. I guess it's been so long since I've done it and I still have suspicious feelings as to whether it will be beneficial, or if someone haps across it, will I become transparent...idk...I guess I'm still on the fence...
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    there are certain things I write that I do not wish any one to read so I destroy it afterwards.But i have found that the very process of writing (and not just the keeping of it) is a source of healing
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