Blogging Spreads as a Form of Therapy

May 09, 2008 11:53 AM
by Liz Colville
More people are turning to blogging as a form of psychotherapy, proving long-held beliefs in the healing power of writing and group therapy.

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Approximately 12 million Americans are now blogging, and more and more of them are using the pastime as a therapeutic means of recording, sharing, and understanding emotional issues. “Writing long has been considered a therapeutic outlet for people facing problems,” reports CNN

Whether battling an illness, watching a loved one do so, or simply going through a rough patch, “emotional blogging” creates a public diary that can give people “a tangible sense of community.”

CNN mentions a study by the British Psychological Society conducted in 2003, in which participants who wrote about “traumatic personal events” were seen to heal more quickly by writing about their situation.

Numerous other studies
in the past decade or so have shown the benefits of writing, blogging and social interaction online in coping with illnesses or life transitions.

Writing, coupled with readers’ comments, can steer a person through a difficult time, though experts suggest that blogging should be a complement to face-to-face therapy, not a supplement.

Headline Link: Blogging Becomes a Form of Self-Help

Background: Research on blogging and writing

The link between blogging and therapy
The benefits of writing
Blogs as sounding boards
“Alleviating distress” through blogging
Female versus male bloggers

Key Players: J.W. Pennebaker

Reference: Mental Health, Blogs


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