Emotional And Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing
July 23, 2018BlogCase StudiesExpressive Writing
By Karen A. Baikie and Kay Wilhelm
Over the past 20 years, a growing body of literature has demonstrated the beneficial effects that writing about traumatic or stressful events has on physical and emotional health. In the first study on expressive writing (Pennebaker & Beall, 1986), college students wrote for 15 minutes on 4 consecutive days about ‘the most traumatic or upsetting experiences’ of their entire lives, while controls wrote about superficial topics (such as their room or their shoes).