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Writing therapy in Indonesia… (out of main blog topic)

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Writing therapy is not yet so well known among the medical and lay communities in Indonesia, when therapy has many benefits and has no side effects.

A variety of research about the therapeutic benefits of writing has been proven by scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom. When in the United States this research conducted at the University of Texas, in the United Kingdom the Arts Council of England is ready to fund projects writing therapy conducted by Gillie Bolton at King’s College, London. Smyth JM, et al (1999) mentions the benefits of therapeutic writing, among other things: helps relieve the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of joints due to rheumatism). This statement is supported by Baikie KA and Wilhelm K (2005), which examined the long term benefits of writing expressive writing method.

According to research, this therapy can enhance and repair the mood (mood), functions of the immune system (immune), improve lung function (particularly asthmatics), physical health and pain (especially cancer patients), the function of the heart, lower blood pressure, reduce tension with regard to the need to go back to the doctor, reduce the symptoms of depression, reduce negative impacts after the trauma.

As for the benefits of social and behavior of expressive writing include: reducing absenteeism in the work, the linguistic and social behavior change, raising the wage child school report card grades or GPA or students, improve memory/memory working, improving achievement and sportsmanship in all areas of life. Unfortunately not many people especially students in Indonesia are aware of the benefits of writing this.


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