I was lucky enough to catch a snippet of an NPR interview with author Richard Wiseman today on my way from point P to point Q (points A through O having already been navigated much earlier in the day). He has recently published a self-help book that actually examines the claims of other such books and dispenses advice based on scientific research he has compiled. Not being an avid reader of self-help books, I was only listening with one ear when something caught my attention. Mr. Wiseman claims that, through research trials of his own, he has discovered the benefits of "expressive writing" for individuals who are seeking some solution to a dilemma. Hmmm.
I perked up a little. Seems that he has found that talking to friends or family or even a therapist proves somewhat helpful to a person in distress, but simple expressive writing offers a deeper level of understanding and comfort. (By the way, I found this definition of "expressive writing" -