what is journaling? Your questions answered
Have you been asking yourself what is journaling? Where did this
concept come from? What is the difference between journal writing
and diary keeping? Or, even how to journal? You might be
surprised to know that you're probably already journal writing on
a daily basis.
If you've been working through any of the self help and self
development activities throughout this site, you'll be well
aware that the emphasis has consistently been on you keeping a
journal record of your activities. But by far, journaling
is more than just journal writing your activities and goals.
As you will see from the 'what is journaling' faqs below,
journaling is a multi-faceted activity which is perhaps the
most powerful of your self help tools.
what is journaling? Faq's
This, - what is journaling faq, is designed to answer all your
questions as to what is journaling and how personal journaling
can help you.
what is a journal?
A diary or journal is a means of keeping a log or record of activities
and/or events, whether these are for formal business record keeping or
for personal records. The use of such diaries are varied and have
historically been used as ledgers, business books, to log events and
activities in government, in businesses, in the weather etc.,
what is journaling?
Journaling is a term derived from journal and is increasingly being
used today, to refer to the practice of recording one's personal
experiences, events and emotions. It is a technique used for reducing
stress and/or to develop your self awareness/insights into yourself.
It works on the premise that by writing about stressful events or
experiences in your life, you self-heal, as well as finding solutions.
However, this is by no means the only purpose of engaging in the
practice of journaling.
what is journaling's origin?
As you have gathered, journaling originates out of, and has its roots
in diary keeping. The word diary comes from the Latin diarium
"(daily allowance)". The word 'journal' comes from the same root
(diurnus = of the day).
what is journaling in its historical
Journaling or personal writing takes many forms. Its history is rooted as
far back as the 10th Century in Japan when "Pillow Books" were used to
record daily lives and thoughts. Today, the term journaling is usually
used for personal writing that explores the inner world of the Self.
what is journaling's development
in the 19th Century?
Psychologist Ira Progoff, is generally credited with being the father
of modern journaling. As a student of psychoanalyst Carl Jung, Progoff's
work provided a way for individuals to explore ideas, thoughts, and dreams.
Many of his work focus on using the journal or diary for self-awareness,
finding your true self and healing from any number of personal troubles,
including physical illness and trauma.
what is journaling as it is known
If you're currently diary keeping, you're practically journaling.
Although the terms "journal" and "journaling" are used interchangably,
today, journaling has in the past been more commonly associated with,
and is often used to describe the practice of hobby writing or
'scrapbooking'. That is, using photographs, imagery etc., while the
more formal definition of journal writing or keeping a journal, is more
to do with the practice of recording - similar to diary
keeping. Which ever term you choose to use, journal keeping or
journaling, is the practice of writing or recording personal entries
about your experiences, feelings and thoughts on events.
what is journaling's appeal?
One of the main appeal of journaling is that it is readily
accessible to anyone and cost nothing, other than the cost of
a pen and a diary/journal. For some people, journal writing
is something to which they are driven, as a means of self help
and to get a clearer perspective. The beauty of journaling is
you can record exactly what you want, no holds barred. For
example, stating how and what you're feeling about particular
individuals, something you might ordinarily not be inclined to
do in a face to face situation or confrontation for example.
The private nature of your journal writing means no one else will
see or read your entries so you don't have to worry about things
such as grammar, mis-spellings etc.,. A further appeal of
journaling is that it has helped to quash the common
stereotype that diary keeping is an activity predominantly engaged
in by teenage girls. As a consequence, the term journal holds more
esteem and is a preferred term, since for many people diary keeping
or journal keeping is more than just a mere logging of day to
how can journal writing help me?
Now that you've had your question answered as to what is journaling,
how can journaling help you! For some people, their diary or journal
is a special tool that also provide a special place and much need
space for them to visit in total privacy. There is also the strong
psychological effect of having an audience for your self-expression,
or a 'listener.
what is journaling timescale?
Just as in diary keeping, you can use a diary or journal to record daily
(or otherwise) entries in date order and your account of your experiences
over a course of a day or a period of time.
what is journal writing techniques?
In the 1960s Ira Progoff, pioneered the use of diaries in psychotherapy.
He created the Intensive Journal Method in 1975. Using his technique, he
found that patients in psychotherapy who recorded their fears and worries
were able to better manage their personal and difficult issues more
efficiently than patients who did not. His work focus on how to use
journaling or diaries for the purpose of self-awareness, finding your
true self, and healing from personal troubles, including physical illness
and trauma. Journaling as we know it today, springs from Dr Progoff's
There are numerous simple, yet powerful writing styles and techniques
to help you express yourself. For example, your perspective on a
given event or situation; your pain, fear or anger; and what/how
you're experiencing and feeling.
what is journaling in the Internet
Internet diaries provide a further medium for some people to log
events and their personal experiences. While this practice
undoubtedly provide an interactive audience, it nevertheless
negates the private, confidential and non-judgmental nature
of personal journal writing or diary keeping.
what is journaling in
comparison to a blog?
With the advent of more easily accessible web services, online personal
storytelling have taken the form of weblogs or blogs. The emergence of
more sophisticated weblog tools, the creation of web journals consisting
of short entries have rocketed, creating thriving online
Some weblog services offer a way to publish people's writing, while others
have become true communities offering opportunities for feedback and
communication with fellow diarists.
what is journaling in the goalsetting
Journaling provides for recording your short-term, medium-term and long-
term goals and what you want to achieve in your life. You can journal
your progress toward your goals, as well as any concerns, fears,
frustrations, barriers or blocks you encounter. This activity helps
bring insights and clarity to the goalsetting process.
what is journaling's benefit?
There are as many benefits to journalling as there are uses.
The practice of journal writing is known to improve emotional
As well as being a self help technique which can help you
to reduce stress by writing about stressful events in your life;
journaling affords you a safe and secure forum for doing so;
enabling developing self awareness through inner exploration,
as well as a place to express your deepest self, without fear of
criticism or ridicule.
what is journaling's effectiveness
as a self-help strategy?
Along with improving your emotional health, it has now been proven
that personal writing is a direct contributor to your physical health
as well. A number of independent studies conducted in the 1980's,
found that people who wrote thoughtfully and emotionally about traumatic
experiences achieved results such as a reduction in visits to their
physician; fewer absenteeism; and generally improved physical
health. The studies point to personal writing about your feelings
being a powerful self-help tool.
what is journaling: Self-help
Without doubt, journal writing is a powerful self help tool that can
help improve your mind, body health. If you're curious and want to
learn more about how to journal, click here.
"Each forward step we take we leave
some phanthom of ourselves behind".
Recommended Reading List
The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself by Lucia Capacchione
The Creative Journal for Teens: Making Friends With Yourself by Lucia Capacchione
Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest by Christina Baldwin
Personal Journaling Magazine
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