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When we write we focus on the details. We write about the little details of an interaction with someone. And most times when journaling we write while the interaction is still fresh in our minds.
This strengthens our observation muscle. Then we start looking for little details in our next interaction.
Journaling increases self-awareness. Recording your thoughts is like stepping in wet concrete. The outline of your foot is now there forever.
You can find out who you really are. You can find your weaknesses and new opportunities. You can challenge yourself with those realizations. You can make plans to better yourself.
Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement. They are not the solution to everything, but they are the first step to that.
Labeling emotions and acknowledging traumatic events, both natural outcomes of journaling, have a known positive effect on people, and are often incorporated into traditional talk therapy.
Keeping a journal helps to organize an event in our mind, and make sense of trauma.
... to develop self-discipline:
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