April 26, 2018

Reflection, what do we do with our journal entries after you write them?

In the book Expressive Writing, edited by Kathleen Adams, she discusses how to use a “reflection write” principle for your journal entries.

English: Upper Yosemite fall with reflection

English: Upper Yosemite fall with reflection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In her therapy practice, Kathleen uses a technique she calls “reflection”  which is used after her patients journal about a particular problem they are facing. Her instructions for “reflection” are: “reread what you have written, and pay attention to what you notice, or what surprises you, stands out for you, suddenly makes sense, or is something you didn’t know you knew.” Then write about the reflection.

She goes on to emphasize the great value of the “reflection write.” She stated that “the insight, awareness and cognitive shift from the (journal) write itself are amplified, multiplied, synthesized and codified in the reflection write.

So, when you journal, either privately or in dialogue with your journaling partner, consider using a reflection write to enhance your total experience.




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