The following lists and descriptions are of readings and web-sites that I have found to be useful or particularly relevant to the topics of emotion management and journaling. You can link to to purchase books by clicking on the book’s image and you can link to web-sites by clicking on their titles.

Recommended Readings

The Artist’s Way.
Julia Cameron, (1992).
Tarcher/Perigee Books, Los Angeles.

This book defines and beautifully describes how to use “morning pages”, a journaling technique to enhance self-expression. The morning pages method is simple and can be adapted to many therapeutic uses. Other aspects of The Artist’s Way are also definitely worth exploring.

Following Your Path:
Using Myths, Symbols and Images to Explore Your Inner Life.

Alexandra Collins Dickerman, (1992).
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Books, New York.

This is a fun book, exploring Jungian, mythic, Tarot and other symbols in your own psyche and world. It uses a variety of techniques that broaden and refresh your perception.

Destructive Emotions - How Can We Overcome Them?
A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
Daniel Goleman – narrator, (2003).
Bantam Books, New York.

This is a truly amazing book that brings together the best of psychological research and Tibetan Buddhist thought. It’s very accessible and very profound.

Mind Over Mood:
Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think.

Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky, (1995).
The Guilford Press, New York.

This is an extremely organized and useful book on cognitive aspects of managing moods. Its approach is thorough, but limited to the thought processes involved in emotion management.

A Walk Between Heaven and Earth.
Nina Burghild Holzer, (1994).
Bell Tower Books, New York.

This is a book of suggestions about and descriptions of journaling and it has a nice quality of being poetic and inspiring without being overdone.

Synaptic Self - How Our Brains Become Who We Are.
Joseph LeDoux, (2002).
Penguin Putnam Inc., New York.

This is not light reading, but is a fascinating account of the emotional activity of the brain. It presents research and scientific information in a dense but comprehensible way and the descriptions of the brain’s functioning link well to clinical and philosophical speculation.

Confronting Traumas and Emotional Upheavals:
An Expressive Writing Workbook.

James W. Pennebaker, (2004).
New Harbinger Publications, Oakland CA.

This workbook is an amazingly practical, step-by-step approach to using writing to deal with the repercussions of trauma. It is informed by the latest and the ground-breaking research done by the author and other researchers.

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

This is the other essential book by Dr. Pennebaker, who first empirically examined what writing does for people and why. He is a leader in this field and his ideas are intriguing, but his writing is down-to-earth, accessible and friendly.

The New Diary:
How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity.

Tristine Rainer, (1978).
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Books, New York.

This is a relatively early book on therapeutic uses of journaling. It has broad applications, lots of interesting examples and ideas and a feminine and elegant style of its own.

Taking Pen to Hand:
Evaluating Theories Underlying the Written Disclosure Paradigm.

Denise M. Sloan and Brian P. Marx, (2004).
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Volume 11(2), pages 121-137.

This academic article summarizes the latest research documenting emotional and physical benefits of writing about traumatic experiences. It summarizes findings from many research studies and proposes ways to understand the findings.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life:
How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Can Put You in Control.
Scott E. Spradlin, (2003).
New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA.

This is a very useful workbook, based on a school of therapy that is well-tested and makes a lot of sense clinically. It is straightforward in tone and provides a lot of useful concepts about emotions.

Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment.
Donald W. Winnicott, (1965)
International Universities Press, New York.

If you wanted to read one book of dense psychological theory, this would be my recommendation. Winnicott’s ideas are very complicated, but he had an amazing grasp of what it means to become a feeling person.

Recommended Web-Sites

Web-sites related to journaling: - This is an amazing web-site. I thought, "What could be interesting about journal software?" Take a look. This site is an inventive take on translating your journaling process to the computer and is rich with resources and novel ideas. - This web-site is devoted to encouraging and inspiring journalers and has interesting ideas and listings of workshops and resources, presented in an appealing format. - This is the web-site of the Center for Journal Therapy, run by Kathleen Adams, LPC, RPT. She offers workshops, consultations and classes on journal therapy and has written several important books on the topic. - This is the seb-site of John Fox, CPT and it presents his concept and use of poetry as a healing force. He gives workshops and writes about poetry therapy and the web-site has great ideas and a generally uplifting tone. - This is the web-site of the National Association of Poetry Therapists, which is a national group of professionals involved in psychotherapy and/or therapy through various forms of writing and art. There is information on conferences, workshops and how to find people to help with any level of writing therapy. - This is the website of the Center for Autobiographical Studies, a non-profit group led by long-time journal expert, Tristine Rainer. It features a national guide to writing groups that explore the value and broad purposes of autobiography.

Web-sites on broader journaling topics: - This is a great general web-site of the Arts and Healing Network. It has information on all kinds of relationships between art and therapy, with workshops, written resources, funding resources and many creative ideas. - This is the web-site of the Mind and Life Institute, an innovative group that has worked for years to explore connections between psychological research, Western philosophy of mind and Tibetan Buddhism. They host a conference every year with the Dalai Lama and leaders in a particular field. The website describes the Institute, lists conference topics and supplies books on the conferences. The conferences touch on ideas about journaling, but the work of the Mind and Life Institute explores broader questions about the roles of emotions, consciousness and will in our intellectual and spiritual lives.

Web-sites on mental health topics: - This is the web-site of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, with extensive listings of their resources. - This is the broadest web-site I found for resources and information on Borderline Personality Disorder. - This is the web-site of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, which also provides organized support, treatment and information resources for people affected by these disorders. - This is the web-site of the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. You can look up information by disorder or search for treatment options. It’s a thorough and official source of information. - This is also a broad mental health information site, with some commercial backing. It has information by disorder or treatment and also lists blogs, on-line support, chatrooms and magazines. - This is the web-site of the organization originally known as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and is a very broad support and advocacy network for all people with mental illness. Resources for information, support and self-help are listed.

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