The Key to Writing Good is Feeling Good: Green Research Examines Impact of Self-Esteem on Autobiographical Writing Outcomes

Published March 28, 2018 This content is archived.

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Recently published research by Associate Professor of Communication Melanie Green speaks about the benefits and potential drawbacks of autobiography writing. The research examined participants’ emotional assessment after writing about a time in their lives when someone judged them differently based on something about themselves. “Whether this is beneficial or harmful, at least in the short term, seemed to depend on the level of self-esteem when people began writing,” Green says. “Writing was good and brought out positive emotions, but for other people this experience actually was negative and dragged them back to a painful event.”

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