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The practice of keeping a journal is increasingly being recommended by therapists and other health care professionals as a tool for gaining a better understanding of one’s life situations and corresponding emotions. In this book, Jacobs provides readers with a progressive, step-by-step guide for doing so easily and effectively. Journals, she writes, are "a checkpoint between your emotions and the world," that enable us to view our feelings from a distance, and to become clearer about the beliefs and attitudes that shape them.

Beginning with an explanation about the value of keeping a journal, Jacobs then guides readers through various processes to clarify our understanding of the subjective nature of emotions and how they are influenced by time and memory. Readers then learn how to define and evaluate their emotions, predict their emotional patterns, release emotions that no longer serve them, and refocus and organize their emotional life in ways that are more appropriate and fulfilling. Supported by over 30 hands-on exercises, this guide is an excellent resource for novice and seasoned journalists alike.--Larry Trivieri Jr.

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Writing for Emotional Balance is a great workbook that is well suited for people who need to get a better understanding of their own emotional lives. Jacobs is a smart and compassionate writer who provides a wide array of exercises that can help people to reach and maintain optimal emotional and mental health.”
—James W. Pennebaker, professor of psychology as the University of Texas at Austin and author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion and Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (January 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243828
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Schneider on May 8, 2005
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I love the personal and non-judgmental tone of this book! Dr. Jacobs clearly cares about her readers and wants all of us to learn how to manage our emotions better when they get out of hand. Happily, she offers a lot more than just talk. There are 33 exercises in the book plus space to respond to them. In some of the exercises, you get to know yourself better, and in others you practice the techniques she teaches for managing emotions. All you need is a pen or pencil and the desire to control your feelings more than they control you. The book ends up being both a valuable lesson about the way emotions work and an invaluable journal that helps you figure out how YOUR emotions work and how you can become a better manager of them. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have more control over his or her life!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Cactus on April 9, 2006
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I've managed my mind through writing a diary or just scribbling at any moment. This book taught me how I can develop this writing into managing my mind effectively. Very detailed and kind guide for everyone who wants to keep under control themselves well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JG on February 1, 2013
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This seems best used in conjunction with a therapist. I found it difficult to get started. The topics are very good, and will open one's eyes if done seriously. This one's not for those who just want to vent, but rather to do some serious self-work. Good luck, it's hard!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R'tonia on February 4, 2013
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Using the guidlines set out in this book can really help a person understand and gain emotional balance. This book is excellent for self therapy or to share with someone who needs help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert L Brewster on February 26, 2013
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This book absolutely provides the reader with the assurance that journaling can be a very useful way to uncover our true motivations. Dr. Jacobs, in her gentle way, provides the tools we need to understand and direct our emotional energy. Her exercises progressively build toward a both insight and useful action. I've provided her book to several of my clients and in each case they have made positive gains to a remarkable degree. I'd like to hear more from Dr. Jacobs, her book is a must have on every clinicians shelf. Al Brewster LCSW-C Ph.D
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This book has been an excellent tool for me. I'm learning journal writing techniques/tools that help me process my emotions in healthy ways. Working through emotions is exhausting and it takes a long time, however, this book is very empowering.
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By cbr on December 14, 2014
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I like this a lot. A great read, insightful, and will be really useful.
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