What is Journaling?
Journaling is a highly personal form of written self-expression. Tristine Rainer, author of The New Diary (1978) states that journaling involves the process of writing one’s thoughts and feelings to create an “ active, purposeful, communication with the self”.
Writing in a journal enables people
This self-understanding develops as they reflect upon their life experiences and the feelings that accompany them. A journal provides
Benefits of Journaling
The list of benefits that can be gained from journaling is long. People think Journaling
Research has shown journaling to be a beneficial tool
Some of the most often cited benefits of journaling are:
According to Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1994):
Girls this age love to write. Their journals are places where they can be honest and whole. In their writing, they can clarify, conceptualize and evaluate their experiences. Writing their thoughts and feelings strengthens their sense of self. Their journals are a place where their point of view on the universe matters.
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