Using Expressive Writing to Cope
Writing for as little as 10-15 minutes a day for 3-4 days about an upsetting experience can improve physical health, sleep, and reduce stress. Join us on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00pm for an interactive presentation with Jamie Pennebaker, a leading researcher focused on the relationship between expressive writing and physical/mental health. Participants will learn how to use expressive writing and understand the ways it can positively impact our minds and bodies. Participation is free, and registration is required.
Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
Jamie Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His early research dealt with physical symptoms and health which eventually merged into the discovery of expressive writing. He and his students found that when people were asked to write about emotional upheavals for 3-4 days for 15-20 minutes a day, their physical and mental health improved compared to controls.
He has published over 300 articles and written or edited 12 books, including Opening Up by Writing it Down (Guilford, 2016). He is among the most highly cited researchers in the social sciences.
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