Expressive writing was first studied by James Pennebaker in the 1980’s and the first scientific study, in collaboration with Joshua Smyth in 1986 found that this technique seemed to help those who used it to offload and discharge feelings.
They studied the effects of this technique and found that a significant number of people who used the technique seemed to show benefits to their immune system, inflammation markers and in the number of health issues as well as reduced anxiety, and improved mood.
I have been studying and practising this technique personally and am now combining it with a specific technique for managing emotions and would like to offer this method to those of you who would like to try it.
I’ve put an online course together for you that I think may be helpful for those who wish to try an alternative to traditional talking therapies, or who for whatever reason cannot access therapy at this time.
The course is £25 – less than half the price of a standard therapy session.
A study published in Nature – link below – showed a decrease in anxiety symptoms in the young participants who took a prebiotic supplement versus those who did not. Interesting evidence for the link between our microbiome and wellbeing.
A study carried out jointly between Cardiff and Swansea University has found that people who have suffered PTSD show different pupil dilation and constriction patterns.
The study looked both at constriction in response to light changes, but also enhanced pupil dilation in response to both exciting-positive and traumatic-negative imagery, and perceiving both as equally negative.
This points to an increase in arousal which is apparent by watching a person’s pupils, and indicates that therapists should be mindful that clients could potentially interpret positive arousing stimuli as a threat.