journaling... good and bad?

Journaling… good and bad?

I read an article this week in Psychology Today that discussed the good and bad of journaling.


I never thought of journaling as having a bad side.

I've always found it to be quite helpful.

But the article made some good points and I thought I'd share them because I know hundreds of coaches who use journaling as part of the coaching they do with clients.

The article makes the case that there is a right way and a wrong way to journal.

For example, if we do it wrong, journaling has the potential to make us...

  • passively observe life instead of living in the moment
  • focus on blame rather than solutions
  • get swept up in negativity
  • become self-obsessed


I can see how some people could go down that road.

However, as coaches, I don't think we are in danger of this ourselves because most of us have a high degree of emotional intelligence. We're most likely going to use journaling as a tool for self-development.

Yet, many coaches will work with people where this could be a problem.

The good news is that the same article shares a ton of helpful advice and some solid questions you can use with clients if journaling is part of your coaching.

Here's the link to the article, if you're interested:

Here's to positive and effective journaling!

With love & joy,

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