Probably the most reposted story in the blogosphere today
"Fire your shrink - get a blog"
John Suler, a psychology professor at Rider University in New Jersey,
has studied the overlap of psychology and cyberspace. Blog audiences
are usually small, he says, but "going public with one's thoughts and
experiences can be a self-affirming process."
He and other
experts say blogging shouldn't replace face-to-face counseling --
although it can complement sessions when a patient shares their writing
with the therapist.
"Some psychologists take special interest in
any activities that their clients may undertake online," Suler says,
"because such activities often reveal a lot about how they express
their identity and relate to other people."
Kim did start
psychotherapy, but kept blogging. "My therapist will give me little
assignments and I'll blog about them," she says. "If I come home (after
a session) and write about it, it solidifies it.""
" The only problem, some bloggers find, is that many posts become passé -- yet they're on the Web forever.
Internet takes momentary thoughts and freezes them in amber as if
they're permanent," says Scheherazade Mason, a career counselor and
sailing coach at Bowdoin College in Maine. She stopped posting her
deepest thoughts, but calls the experience positive.
first blog, I learned to be braver," Mason says. "I learned that my
weakness was also likable. In real life, you try to show only strength
and to hide your weaknesses, but I exposed everything.""
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