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3 Reasons Why Writing in a Journal is Good for Your Mental Health

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Whether you are now entering a rehab program or you have just completed one, many rehab centers will suggest that you begin to journal your emotions and your experiences. Two items as simple as a pen and paper can help with the stress and anxiety that arise from coping and overcoming addictions and disorders. Journaling is an ancient tradition that dates back centuries from our primitive ancestors to modern, successful writers and presidents. There is a certain comfort associated with being able to confess your struggles and fears to a confidant that will not illicit feelings of judgment or embarrassment. Here are the 3 reasons why writing a journal helps to promote good mental health.

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Topics: journal, Write A Journal

Journal Writing: What Will People Think If They Read This After I Am Gone?

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

By Ava Louise

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Journal Writing: Self-Therapy For The Self-Conscious

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

If you had the kind of best friend that always tried to support you, always tried to meet your needs, and had your best interests at heart, how would you treat that Best Bud?

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Topics: writing therapy, my therapy journal, self therapy,

Not Just A Pretty Face: Writing Self-Therapy For The Self-Conscious

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

If you had the kind of best friend that always tried to support you, always tried to meet your needs, and had your best interests at heart, how would you treat that Best Bud?

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Topics: writing therapy, self therapy,

Writing Therapy to Heal: Finding Strength in Forgiveness

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

We have all had times in our lives when the people we care about have disappointed, hurt or betrayed us. If you think back on some of these instances – whether they happened a week ago or a decade ago – you probably still feel some of the sting from the wounds.

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Topics: journaling, writing therapy, foregiveness

My Journaling: The One Thing That Helps Sustains Me

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 11:51 AM

My journals have always been the place where I could be the most free with my thoughts, feelings and ideas.

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Topics: journaling, journal, journal writing

Journaling Journeys: Capturing Family Vacation Memories

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

By Audry Fryer

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Topics: journaling, journal, journal journey

Creating an Inner Pantheon of Wise Advisers

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

The first album I ever bought was “Crimson and Clover” (1969) by Tommy James and the Shondells. I remember being upset when the record got scratched. That gave new meaning to the lyric “crimson and clover, over and over.” Most of the thoughts that cause me trouble in life replay over and over like a lyric on a scratched record. The needle of my mind can get stuck in a bad groove.


As a psychologist, I spend a good part of my days helping people with their version of the broken record. Cognitive therapy is all about realizing the connection between how we think and how we feel. The idea is to catch ourselves thinking self-critical, catastrophic, fearful, or depressive thoughts and change them into more adaptive thoughts. Many people, though, struggle to come up with better thoughts.


A few years ago, coming out of a down period spurred by trying to help people in a particularly tragic situation, I decided to give in to my lifelong love of quotations. Four four years I perused tens of thousands of quotations online, looking for the ones that lit up a new circuit in my brain and made me want to read them over and over. I wrote brief reflective essays on each quote I deemed a “keeper.”


What I didn’t realize until I was well into the project was that I was creating an inner pantheon of wise advisers. Why try to come up with my own healthier thoughts in every situation when I can have Plato, Emerson, Mother Teresa, Rainer Maria Rilke and many others available as personal consultants? Why struggle out of a cognitive rut myself when the preserved words of so many wise women and men can help hoist me out?


Now when self-criticism shows up, Buddha is there to remind me that “You, as much as anyone in the entire universe, are deserving of your love and compassion.” When I doubt my choice to spend half of my work time on writing projects, I hear Anthony Rapp’s counsel: “There is only one of you in all of time. Fearlessly be yourself.” When I wonder if I really need to meditate daily, Helen Tworkov whispers to me: “If the mind can get still enough, something sacred will be revealed.” When I feel the familiar tug of materialism, the 2500-hundred-year-old words of Diogenes help me regain my spiritual footing: “Happiness is not what you have, but who you are.”


Toward the end of the four years, I spent a few days writing an appendix with a brief biography of each of the hundreds of people whose words I wrote about in The Inconceivable Surprise of Living: Sustaining Wisdom for Spiritual People Trying to Be Human. I noticed as I reviewed the lives of my inner advisors that I was filling up with sadness. Most of these people who have become like friends to me have been dead for scores, hundreds, or thousands of years! Their words, however, come to us across the years in the only form of time travel yet known.
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The Truth About Keeping a Personal Journal

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Sometimes to see how far you have come, you need to see where you have been. More than that, you need to evoke at least some of the feelings of moments lived when reviewing them later on in a journal. Keeping a journal helps to mark moments of progress as well as regression. A journal also helps you recognize patterns that lead to successes and failures. However, recording memories in a journal needs to be more than just a list of facts. Your life is a complicated tapestry of colors and textures, and how it really looks is only revealed when you can see every thread in its weave. Here are some tips for keeping an honest journal of your life.

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Topics: creative journal writing

Journal Writing For Love Junkies

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Are you looking for a special person in your life?

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Topics: writing therapy, personal journal, journal wriring,

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