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Journal method can be a valuable ally in helping people cope with the
reality of having a major illness.
Self-Empowerment to Overcome Challenges
Patients connect to their inner capacities to draw forth new resources
to grow and develop, overcoming the challenges created by an illness.
They are better able to handle the tension, uncertainty and physical
demands placed upon them physically and emotionally. Maintaining a
constructive attitude leads to a more active life style.
Coping and Making
Sense of the Illness
Patients become more actively engaged in determining the next phases of
their total treatment program. They become more proactive in developing
plans to help themselves, conscious of changes in their condition, and
aware of the consequences of destructive behavior.
Working in privacy creates safety for patients to be honest with
themselves to accurately describe issues in their lives.
Patients connect more deeply with their true selves which may have been
overshadowed by the illness. They develop a broader perspective,
realizing possibilities in life beyond the illness.
Greater acceptance of the existence of the illness becomes possible, which
leads to a process of dealing with the condition and its consequences.
Patients view their lives as an unfolding process and realize connections
between illness and other facets of life.
Work Through Other
Issues are clarified that had become clouded or complicated by illness.
Patients learn a new approach for continuing self-growth and developing
other aspects of their lives. Resolving issues generates energy and
momentum and reduces anxiety and stress.
Finding Meaning in an Illness
"The essence of
healing does not lie in the efficiency with which the body and its parts
can be restored to strength. It lies in the meaning that is added to the
life of the person who suffers the illness or the injury. This meaning is
not something that can be given to the person from the outside...meaning
can come only by means of an experience that takes place within the person
as an individual finds interiorly the message carried by an illness,
absorbs it into consciousness and allows it in its own timing to disclose
its meaning for the life."
Ira Progoff, Ph.D.
"Finding the Message of Illness"
"[The method] has
helped me deal more effectively with the seriousness of a life-threatening
illness and any emerging difficult issues and emotions."
"...the Journal has
been the most honest ally in offering me feedback with regards to my
attitudes, conduct and decisions."
"This experience of
seeing oneself through one's own uncensored thoughts, feelings, and words,
without the burden of judgment or analysis, has an empowering effect..."
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