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Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

Pennebaker, J.W. (1990, 1997). Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. New York: Guilford Press.

This book presents evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.

Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research that sheds new light on the powerful mind body connection. This book interweaves his findings with insightful case studies on secret-keeping, confession, and the hidden price of silence. The book explains:

  • Why suppressing inner problems takes a devastating toll on health
  • How long-buried trauma affects the immune system
  • How writing about your problems can improve your health
  • Why it's never too late to heal old emotional wounds
  • When self-disclosure may be risky--and how to know whom to trust