2 thoughts on “Toxic Childhood? How to Use Journaling for Healing

  • September 15, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Do you have a link to the study about cool/hot processing? I’ve always noticed that what you’ve called “hot” processing is how I jourhal, and it is SO helpful for me in how I process difficult events. Getting the events out on paper instead of holding it in my head frees me up inside. I can’t imagine that this could be harmful, as it has always brought me a sense of release and safety.

    • September 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      The link is at the bottom. This isn’t the only piece of research that says this: Kross, Ethan, Ozlem Ayduk, and Water Mischel, “When Asking ‘Why’ Doesn’t Hurt: Distinguishing Rumination from Reflective Processing of Negative Emotions,” Psychological Science (2005), vol. 16, no.9, 709-715.

      Again, there are exceptions to every rule. I wrote about my divorce but there’s research that says that is a bad thing. But I write for a living.


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