Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John H.T. Francis – Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy @JohnHTFrancis

Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy
I often find myself occupied with the same ideas. Whenever I find myself troubled and heavy inside, as if I am carrying a load of worries about the world around me, I seek shelter and relief in writing.
Whenever I am exposed to new, exciting ideas, to unexpected discoveries and theories that change the way I think, whenever my edifice of thought is shaken (that is positively shaken by something that is greatly stimulating), I find myself with many new ideas that I feel the urge to
put in writing. I again feel full, not with worries and questions this time, but with exciting ideas that want to find their way into my writing.
Whether it is in the good, wondrous, and exciting, or in the bad, worrying, and saddening, writing can be a great avenue for psychological growth and/or relief. It is also one of the most lasting and enduring ways of doing so. In fact, we can often find ourselves in life going back to problems and questions we have already treated and thought resolved – in other words, we commonly cycle back through the same important questions. If you write and keep a record of your reactions to these questions and difficulties the first times, you will find yourself better equipped the subsequent times they come around. Your consciousness, written in front of you,  can be, in many instances, your best doctor, your best advisor.
When you feel that something is not clicking well inside, that you may have lost perspective on things, writing can help you step back and see things differently. Writing is not only an avenue for offloading ideas and/or worries; it is equally a way of working through them toward something more mature and resilient. Writing not only comforts you momentarily, it actually changes you; when you read your written words, after a while, there is a good chance that you  will feel that you have become a different person.
Of course, as with most things human, writing can also be shallow, commercial, very narrowminded, or lacking in meaning and depth. But the range of possibilities, meanings, impressions, and ideas that can be expressed with writing are simply immense. The depth of writing, the
richness of ideas, and the quality and agency of words and sentences, all reflect the depth of the internal world of the author whether in the fiction or the non-fiction genre.
Addressing important questions that have been discussed across many times and cultures, this essay, written in a simple style, seeks to awaken you from the slumber of intellectual complacency. Author John H.T. Francis presents a multi-disciplinary look at prevalent interpretations and fundamental questions of human interest. He tackles many of humanity’s most important and difficult topics, drawing on many fields of knowledge and action, including science, philosophy, sociology, economics, politics, anthropology, and psychology. This study explores history, knowledge, the human mind and psyche, the nature of existence, the phenomenon of life, socio-economic and political dynamics, ethics, religions, and several current, pressing individual and collective challenges. It provides elements of answers and attempts to position subjects of general importance under a new light. Universal in his approach, Francis reaches out to those who are interested in delving deeper into the human understanding.
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Genre - Philosophy, Non-Fiction
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