I teach writing at high school and one of the things I always tell my students is that writing (and reading) are wonderful tools for exploring who they are. In the books they read, they will find their missing twins and soul mates; they will discover that they are not alone. If they are able to write about how they feel – even if it’s not particularly eloquent to begin with – they’ll always have an outlet to deal with life’s joys and frustrations, triumps and failures.
A recent NY Times commentary posits that talk therapy is on the decline and being replaced with writing workshops.
Why talk therapy is on the wane and writing worksops are on the rise