Exploring Expressive Writing with James W. Pennebaker



You know how we all have a list of top ten people we’d like to meet? I want to introduce you to someone in my top five. I have not yet read his books (they are on my to buy list- but ironically I have read most of his suggested books); However,  I have read a whole lot of his research and it is  outstanding and inspiring work.

I have been following Professor James. W Pennebaker for a few years now and if you are not familiar with his research I hope you will acquaint yourself with it, because he, his colleagues and students  have made some of the most significant discoveries in the field of journal writing research.

If you are using your journal writing for personal growth, to explore the mental and physical health connection, or as a way to overcome past traumatic events in your life, I highly suggest you check out all that this expressive writing pioneer has to freely offer.

Professor Pennebaker is a Social Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His original research connected the aspect of writing  with the ability to heal- in both mental health and physical health. His writing research has been replicated and elaborated on over the years since the early years of initial publication.  Please check out the Pennebaker approach and see if it is something you want to try – Click here: Writing and Health: Some Practical Advice


Quick View of Helpful Links:

Home page of Dr. James W. Pennebaker ( Psychologist/Professor) http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/Faculty/Pennebaker/Home2000/JWPhome.htm

Pennebaker’s  original writing method can be viewed on You Tube by clicking here.

Click on Writing and Health for practical advice on journal writing through trauma and emotional upheaval for increased mental and physical health.

The Secret Life of Pronouns Website– Pennebaker’s Author website for his latest research and book.

A fascinating Ted Talk on word use –  TedxAustin

Thanks for joining me, let me know if you become a fan of Mr. Pennebaker after you explore!


Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

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