Rehashing traumatic events in writing doesn’t lessen the trauma

U.K. psychologists have found keeping a diary is bad for your health:

They found that regular diarists were more likely than non-diarists to suffer from headaches, sleeplessness, digestive problems and social awkwardness.

Their finding challenges assumptions that people find it easier to get over a traumatic event if they write about it.

Quick question: is it keeping the diary that’s bad for your health? Or is it just that people keeping diaries or writing are more likely in general to suffer from headaches, sleeplessness and social awkwardness?

I know I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing those of us who sit on our asses and write about depressing things just tend to be more socially awkward than, say, frat boys.


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