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    Writing for Therapy


    August 5, 2014

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    We all experience emotionally hard times, and one of the most useful suggestions therapists have is to keep a journal, using it to write down your feelings and experiences.  But sometimes the therapy you need is an escape.  There is nothing quite like projecting yourself into characters developed in your own mind.  Getting their lives and drama out on paper is liberating.  It’s a chance to separate you from your own problems and stressors, even if it’s only for a few minutes or an hour, to help put everything in perspective.

    I challenge you to propel yourself into a story formulated from your own mind and translated into words, using either the amazing ancient invention of paper and pen,  or that old manual typewriter that you’ve dusted off.  Even better, you can write directly on your smartphone or computer.

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    Here are a few writing prompt suggestions to get you started on your daily therapy.  Sometimes you don’t need to analyze everything that’s going on around you; you may just need to escape for a moment.

    Mind Challenge Prompts:

    While you’re sitting in a Paris cafe, a stranger taps you on the shoulder…

    The nation is controlled by…

    The hotel pool is filled with blue jello…

    Watching a horror movie at the local cinema, you hear screams coming from the hallway…

    By Amy Rachiele, M.Ed., Indie Author

    Connect with Amy at: amyrachiele’s websiteAmy Rachiele’s FB page@amyrachiele

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    Views presented in the article are those of the author and not of ED.

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