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How To Overcome Memories That Haunt You - The Power of Writing

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How To Overcome Memories That Haunt You - The Power of Writing

"If you've ever been haunted by past memories that continue to upset you, Dr. Peterson offers insights and strategies to help you navigate and transform those experiences." from video introduction

When You Suffer Write It Down

"The story and suffering of Job stands as one of the greatest paragons of suffering in all of the Bible. Job suffers greatly, grieves lengthily, and wrestles tirelessly with his plight and misfortune—yet, does not sin against God. But in chapter 19—in the midst of a long, tenuous cycle of grief—Job says something profound about how he’s managing his grief. It’s a profound, practical principle that we, as sufferers, can implement for persevering in the midst of our own grieving processes as well.

He says,

23 “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!

When it comes to grief, Job advocates for the importance of one action but on two mediums: namely, the importance of writing, and the appropriate platforms for doing so (i.e., either paper or stone). Job is hinting at two main things we can glean as we navigate the grieving process constructively: Externalizing our grief and memorializing our story.

  1. Externalizing Our Grief

Instead of bottling up his grief so that it was only a hidden, personal matter, Job desires to externalize his grief and ‘let it all out.’ Most of us have felt the same way at some point in our own grieving processes as well..." from the article When You Suffer Write It Down


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