Spoiled Children of Divorce

Writing for Healing
November 25, 2007, 9:38 pm
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As critical as I am of Psychologists I can still recognize that some of them have done some good work.  One is Dr. James Pennebaker who has proved that writing can help a person get through a difficult emotional time.  Dr. Pennebaker has found that a very simple exercise can help a person to improve his/her attitudes about life by a large degree.  I like simplicity.  The exercise is here:  http://www.utexas.edu/features/archive/2005/writing.html.  Pennebaker has written a book but I don’t have the title.

Other people are also working in this field.  I tend to prefer taking classes from real writers because they emphasize training one to observe the world around more clearly rather than just ranting on a page.  But, you know, whatever.  One great beginning exercise I learned in a class was just to sit down and write a sentence describing the room you’re in by way of only one of your senses.  Taste, Vision, Smell, Hearing, Touch.  After that, describe the room through another sense.  Then pick another sense.  Then give up unless you’re really obsessive.  It’s interesting to see which senses you choose.  Anyway, almost always this makes me appreciate the gifts of where I am much more than when I first started.

And, of course, if your house is filthy and the yard is a mess and your drunk Mommy is screaming at her drunk boyfriend because he just stumbled over the lamp and broke it, then the “gifts” in your life exist at a very, very deep level.  You might want to hide what you write, in other words.