Blogging for Debt Reduction and Psychological Well-Being

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I stumbled upon an article in Psychology Today called “The Decline and Fall of the Private Self.”

The article is all about how blogging and online communities like my space have changed our culture’s sense of privacy.

While I am sometimes shocked and embarassed by the amount of information people can share about themselves online I find blogging anonymously to be immensely therapeutic and helpful.

A few quotations from the article that I enjoyed:

  • Telling secrets has been shown to have a positive effect on the person who’s doing the confessing, because keeping them requires a lot of mental work.
  • Sharing the secret, though, “unprimes” the information, freeing the mind to focus on other things and breaking the cycle of worry.
  • Recording concerns in a journal or similar medium can be particularly effective. “When people write about secrets, they report feeling better; they acknowledge the events and can organize them,” says Jamie Pennebaker, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. In one study, he asked subjects to write for 15 minutes a day for several days. They showed positive changes in immune function and psychological well-being. Other research shows that when couples are asked to keep reflective diaries in which they write about their relationship, they stay together longer.

I would agree that blogging about our financial stress has helped us stop avoiding it. I also feel that by sharing the blog with Noma it has strengthened our financial relationship as well as our overall relationship. We’re addressing issues and working on them together.

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