by James W. Pennebaker
This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.
Anyone who has ever entrusted a troubling secret to a journal, or mourned a broken heart with a friend, knows the feeling of relief that expressing painful emotions can bring. This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.
Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research that sheds new light on the powerful mind body connection. This book interweaves his findings with insightful case studies on secret-keeping, confession, and the hidden price of silence.
Filled with information and encouragement, Opening Up explains:
Why suppressing inner problems takes a devastating toll on health
How long-buried trauma affects the immune system
How writing about your problems can improve your health
Why it's never too late to heal old emotional wounds
When self-disclosure may be risky--and how to know whom to trust
- Confession and Inhibition: The Beginnings of an Approach
- Inhibition as a Health Threat
- Becoming Healthier Through Writing
- Confession in the Laboratory
- The Battle to Inhibit Our Thoughts
- On Speeding Up Coping
- Understanding the Value of Writing
- The Social Price of Disclosure: Whom to Tell and How to Listen
- Love, Passion, and Thrills
- The Inhibited Personality
- Inhibited Cities
- Confession in Context: Therapy, Religion, and Brainwashing
- Beyond Traumas: Writing and Well-Being
249 pages; soft bound
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