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This is a book that I would share with people that I care about. I highly recommend it!
Every now and then, I feel this compulsion in my heart to share my experiences, from little stories about my favourite books or movies to something a bit deeper like my beliefs and spiritual journey. After spending some time to put my thoughts together about whatever was on my mind and after I had written about it; whether I shared it or not, I felt a release from that heavy feeling in my chest.
Through this book, I realized that it was part of the process of releasing my emotional burden which often held me back from moving on to other important tasks.
The author says in the book that writing therapy is not just for people who enjoy writing, but for anybody who has something to let go from their heart. While writing about our sources of anger, anxiety and other emotional burdens we carry on daily basis, the healing process is on!
A very insightful and enjoyable book! I highly recommend for anyone who has gone through a traumatic or stressful time in their lives and is looking for a way to heal. This book not only gives you valuable steps in order to start your own writing therapy but tells of others who have done the same. This book has personally encouraged me to start my own writing therapy and I have recommendedthis book to my family and friends.
I thought I had nothing to free myself from when I was recommended to this book. I've realized everyone has damage from ghosts of their past. I thought inner strength came from picking up those ghosts, shoving them in your back pocket and moving forwards. I never thought to ever look at them again or even evict the burdon of them. You can be sooo much stronger and happier with a lighter load. So glad I found this book, worth 1000 times the amount , well done and thankyou to the author.
Writing therapy wasn’t an expression I’d come across three decades ago when I was teenager, setting pen to paper, wrestling with difficult emotions. Writing was just a way to put down what I felt in order to let go of the events, to release them from the burden of memory. To see books such as Suzanne Strong’s Freedom Writing now written about an activity I fell towards by instinct is succour for the soul. Suzanne’s book tells me writing therapy is very much a recognised way of coping with trauma. In the process of articulating our shock, grief, fear or hatred, we find a way to release these burdens from our heavy-hearted souls. In Suzanne’s methodology, this process is enjoined to a larger one of healing, hope and forgiveness. In her prose style, Suzanne cultivates an atmosphere of enthusiasm, compassion and empathy. Early in the book I read, ‘Know you are safe, you are valued, cared for by myself and others in your life.’ This sentence sets the tone for the rest of the book, wherein we find affirmations, and encouraging words of comfort. The closing passage reads, ‘I applaud you for being brave, go forward confidently into your future. It is bright.' Here, then, is a book that doesn’t just deliver writing exercises, but frames them in refreshingly positive, life-affirming values.
What a fantastic book! Suzanne has provided a range of tools for readers to use to work through a range of issues from PTSD to sexual abuse, as well as anxiety and depression. Even if you're not a writer, this book provides excellent tutorials and activities on how to access issues that are effecting your quality of life, and ultimately how to overcome them, all through the power of words. "Remember this writing is for you and only you. Its purpose is for you to be completely honest with yourself." p11
Evidently, writing therapy has been around awhile. I was not aware of it. Learning about writing therapy has been a new experience for me.
All of us at some point in our lives have experienced conflicts, stress, hurt or betrayal, wouldn’t you agree? Almost anybody could benefit from the information in this book.
I agree with the author, Suzanne Strong, when she says that most of us are unable to express our true deepest emotions when speaking to someone about our problems. Often, we censor ourselves when communicating with others.
Expressive writing therapy is the act of writing down deep emotional issues or events in our lives. Some of the basics include being totally honest with yourself, don’t worry about grammar, write it down on paper, no computers, and no one needs to see it. No audience! What you put down on paper is between you and you only.
I found it interesting that the author feels men can benefit the most from the information in this book. I can believe that because men tend to think that they must be strong and in control,and therefore are less likely to open-up about their problems.
Being a baby-boomer, I was glad to see that writing helps your cognitive skills, keeps the brain sharp, and engages your motor skills.
You will find exercises to deal with whatever problems you are having in your life. I will be working on the exercises and questions under the non-fiction/journaling form of therapy.
The author is well educated and has many accolades. But, more important is that she writes from her own experience.
The book is easy to read and understand. You will find some repetitiveness throughout the book. I still gave it five stars.
Full disclosure – I am a self-avowed personal development / self-help junkie. Life has always been good - I just enjoy doing what I can to be a better version of myself.
So I was a bit skeptical at first, because I’m not so sure I actually need any type of “therapy.”
This is me, dialoging with myself: “So I’ve had a great life. I’ve made a decent living. I’ve got a great wife and kids. I’m happy most of the time except when I’m sleeping, and then I’m asleep. So why would I need any type of therapy at all, including writing therapy?”
The answer is in my introduction above – as a guy who wants to improve himself, certainly there were/are areas in my life that could have been better. Maybe I didn’t always do my best job as a parent and husband. I remember clearly not giving 100% in school, because I had the brains to get by without working hard. Maybe life dealt me a couple of blows and I’ve just hidden those memories. And whether I know it or not, those old hidden memories are probably blocks to my living an even better life today.
For someone else, it could be about addressing an issue they are living with currently. For me, it’s about taking some of the things in my life that maybe didn’t go right, or maybe I didn’t handle as well as I could have, and changing the script. How powerful is that – I can simply re-write the scripts of parts of my life, make them flow better and end better, so today’s version of me functions better because of the newfound knowledge that I’ve ALWAYS functioned better.
The Good: Clear, concise, makes its point, and presents some absolutely unique principles. Well, the author cites other books on the same subject, but this one is the first I’ve read and the last I need.
The Bad: Because this was such a new and fascinating topic to me, there really wasn’t anything to not like.
Recommendation: If you are facing any type of challenges in your life, you should consider this approach and this book will help. If your life is generally good and you have no challenges, go back and read my personal observations – this book can help you no matter how things are going in your life.