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Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth - Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life Paperback – January 1, 1990
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Whether you have fifteen minutes or five hours, Kathleen Adams has an approach for you. From "Topics du Jour" to Dr. Ira Progroff's Steppingstones, both veteran journal keepers looking for clever methods of journaling and novices trying to find interesting ways to get going will find this book invaluable. Even if you aren't a journal keeper now, this book has a wealth of information to jumpstart your writing and will convince you to start journaling!
As a veteran journal keeper, I have enjoyed a better understanding of myself and found a greater depth of writing outside of my journal using the different prompts and exercises in this book. Although the perspective is written primarily from a self-help journal "therapy" point of view, I highly recommend it as an excellent, "must have" resource for any writer's personal library.
This book helped me overcome the misery of a sad breakup. I was in college. After the heart-break, I spent my free hours between classes hiding in a library cubicle, crying. Then I found the book by mistake at the local bookstore, and added a journaling time to the crying and hiding. Using just a few of the techniques in the book, it only took me a couple of months to get over the guy who broke my heart. My self esteem improved. I recommend this book as a Self-Help tool. I am into writing anyway, but I'm sure that the tricks will work even if you're only a beginner or can't even spell well.
Sometimes you feel like you can't tell anyone what's going on. When no one else will listen, paper will. Paper can handle even the craziest thoughts. I recommend this book to you.
The book presents many ways to express yourself in a journal including: character sketches, captured moments, dialogue, lists, unsent letters, and stream of consciousness among others. Using these methods, you will work through problems and gain greater self-awareness as well as purge yourself of any problems in your life that you feel you can't talk to anyone about.
For those who think they can't fit journaling into their day, all of the exercises in the book can be done in as little as 15 minutes a day or expanded into writing sessions as long as you need them to be.
Journaling is truly one of the best and least expensive ways to get to know yourself better, and maybe solve a few problems in the process.
Then I bought it.
I've read JTS at least three times and every time I approach the book again, I find something new to try out. I find these techniques great for analyzing the things that are on my mind and in my heart. The tools presented in JTS by Ms. Adams are carefully thought out, well-explained, and easy to apply.
That doesn't mean journaling is easy. I found a lot of hard issues to deal with as I probed my background. I also found a number of difficult issues when thinking about my life, where it is, and where I want it to be. The journal is an excellent place to put these thoughts. I return to my thoughts and see if my mind has changed. When my ideas remain the same, there is validation to be found. When my ideas differ, then it's time to think some more. And, it's time to think with a pen.
My favorite tools are Lists of 100, Dialogue (great fun too), Character Sketches, and Unsent Letters. These writing techniques will help you get your thoughts in the books. I highly recommend JTS.
Oh yeah, when you start writing, treat yourself to a Moleskine! They are great journals to work with.