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Q&A: “What’s the Difference Between Self-Analyzing and Self-Awareness?”

Janet and NathanTom asks, “Is there ever a time I would write in my journal when I’m not analyzing something?” To many, keeping a journal is a great tool and practice for problem-solving, so it might be natural to think that’s the only time to visit the blank page.

Many people have also used journaling as a practice in meditation or mindfulness, to enhance creativity, unlock the subconscious, or provide a whole array of benefits that weren’t prompted by a specific puzzle to solve.

Janet Wiszowaty of the Worldly Connektions radio show joins me in sharing many of the techniques and styles of journal-writing that help open or deepen self-awareness, even when there’s no precipitating problem. From letter-writing, Morning Pages, or stream-of-consciousness, to exploring feelings and needs, there are dozens of examples of how journaling can be more about noticing than analyzing.

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Your turn to answer: How do you use writing to practice mindfulness? How do you describe the difference between self-analyzing and self-awareness? Post your responses at the bottom of this webpage, in the comments section, or come join the Friends of JournalTalk Facebook community to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A: “What’s the Difference Between Self-Analyzing and Self-Awareness?”

    1. Nathan Ohren Post author

      Dear Nancy, thank you for this eloquent and succinct way to distinguish between the two. I’ve provided a link to your book so that people may see you have some suggestions about self-awareness also. I appreciate you listening to JournalTalk, and hope you might be interested in being a guest for an episode in the near future! -Best, Nathan

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