Analyzing Focused Expressive Writing as Self-Help for Stress and Trauma

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Writing and recording their findings in order to disseminate the information and research found in a particular study is vital to sociologists in order to publicize the claim their studies find concerning society. Because of the complexity of their writing, it is sometimes difficult for the common lay person to interpret the ideology or the theoretical framework of the writing, as well as the underlying question the sociologist is asking about society. In the psychological and sociological based essay “Focused Expressive Writing as Self-Help for Stress and Trauma” by Joshua Smyth and Rebecca Helm, the core inquiry is “Can focused expressive writing help individuals process negative emotions related to stressful or traumatic experiences and can it improve the health and well-being of individuals not undergoing psychotherapy?” For centuries, doctors and patients alike in the psychological field have looked for a means of, in essence, “curing” the problems individuals face on a daily basis and the negative attributes these problems create. Research has been conducted in millions of ways to depict what exactly affects the human psychological autonomy over the years. In “Focused Expressive Writing as Self-Help for Stress and Trauma” a new process is discussed by Smyth and Helm that entails self-help for patients looking to disclose their personal thoughts and emotions concerning events of stress and trauma that may have taken a negative toll on their lives without having to endure the unease or the embarrassment of disclosing personal information to a psychiatrist. One may say that the theoretical framework of the essay is that using focused expressive writing (FEW) may lead to improvements in the mental and physical health of the patient. Smyth and Helm reported that the individuals who underwent FEW showed improved “physical health, psychological well-being,
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