The Power of the Pen

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 691–692. Review of “Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions” by James W. Pennebaker (see record 1997-05130-000). In this book, Pennebaker provides a personal account of his research spanning the past 15 years. His main goal is to provide an examination of how emotional expression may affect one's physical and mental well-being for a very diverse audience. Specifically, Pennebaker identifies a broad range of individuals, including those with an interest in psychology and medicine; individuals who have experienced personal trauma; and persons focused on the mind, body, and psychosomatics. Cocco summarizes Pennebaker's book and discusses it's application to the field of psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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