ANDREW M. LOBACZEWSKI
Scientists living under an oppressive regime decide to clinically study the founders and supporters of evil regimes to determine what common factor is at play in the rise and propagation of man's inhumanity to man.
...Instead of asking the person to relive the trauma, they let a few weeks go by... and then, they asked him/her to complete on four consecutive nights, a simple exercise in which s/he writes down a description of the event, his deepest thoughts and emotions about the experience and how it relates to the rest of his/her life.Read the following forum thread to learn more.
That's it. No meetings, no group sessions, no stress management advice, just a series of writing exercises that the person does on their own for four nights in a row.
The important part of writing down the deepest thoughts and emotions about the experience is finding the MEANING in it.
It's not the objective world that influences us, but how we represent and interpret the world. When something happens to us, we try to make sense of it.
Trying to make sense of what happens in your life and the answer you come up with, will be a crucial determinant of what happens next in your life.