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Writing for Emotional Balance

Writing for Emotional Balance
A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions




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ISBN: 9781572243828
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About the Book

When you've decided you can't take it any more, it helps a great deal to know what it actually is. The process of writing about overwhelming emotions is a remarkably effective means of creating clarity and perspective in your life. Regular journal writers and diarists rely on their writing to help them keep their emotions in perspective; this book distills the best emotional benefits of regular personal writing into a series of engaging and easy-to-practice writing exercises.

Journaling can help balance and regulate your emotions. This book, a guided journal, combines the benefits of journaling practice with sound and practical advice. It gives you information, ideas, and active exercises that can help you feel more comfortable and directed in your emotional life.

While exploring these writing exercises, you’ll discover how to understand the processes of your own emotional system and how to think clearly about your feelings as they happen. As a result, you’ll experience a greater sense of flexibility within yourself and an ongoing confidence in how you live with your emotions.

Learn and Practice the Seven Essential Skills of Emotion Management:

  • Distance yourself from your emotions
  • Define what your emotions mean for you
  • Release blocked and conflicted feelings
  • Regain focus while experiencing overwhelming emotions
  • Use structure and organization to clarify feelings
  • Regroup after an emotional set back
  • Maintain your new skills and incorporate them into your life


Beth Jacobs (Author)
Beth Jacobs, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She serves as a contributed services faculty member at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She has a special interest in journal-assisted therapy and... Read more

Books by Beth Jacobs


Writing for Emotional Balance is a great workbook that is well suited for people who need to get a better understanding of their own emotional lives. Jacobs is a smart and compassionate writer who provides a wide array of exercises that can help people to reach and maintain optimal emotional and mental health.”
—James W. Pennebaker, professor of psychology as the University of Texas at Austin and author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotion and Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval

“The ability to regulate one's emotions is a necessary component of a productive, happy life. Unfortunately, far too many people are unable to manage their reactions to the difficulties that are an inevitable part of human existence. Jacobs has written a very practical guide to help those who are unaware of and/or unable to cope with their emotions. She shows people how to use journaling to keep track of their emotional lives, so they can both be aware of their feelings and learn to understand them. This book is recommended to all who wish to gain a better ability to cope with their emotions.”
—Frank Summers, Ph.D., training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and author of Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology

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