James Pennebaker pioneered the practice of expressive writing in the 80s. The idea is that people can derive psychological benefits from expressing themselves through writing.
Since then, there is a large body of research that unpacked the benefits of expressive writing, such as surviving trauma, fewer stress, improved immune system, and greater psychological well-being, among others.
Of course, when expressive writing was introduced, people used to keep a diary for themselves. However, fast forward in the internet era, the idea of keeping a physical journal seem to have declined in popularity. Instead, we choose to express ourselves through social media (Think of Facebook and Instagram) – and of course through blogs.
It’s known that blogging came about in 1994. Since then, Blogging has come a long way from its humble beginnings. What is a part of our mainstream culture today, was once considered a personal diary and an outlet for early adopters of the internet.
Nowadays, blogs are more than just personal journals published online and sometimes it seems like everyone runs their own blog.
Aside from entertaining and informing us, blogs are influential in business too. After all, blogs help many companies in shaping their brands, invite new customers – while keeping us all up-to-date with the latest news, saucy gossips, and interesting facts.
Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, which in turn can increase awareness and understanding while also providing comfort and support.
And that’s a very remarkable thing.
There are so many genres of blogs: travel, leisure, fashion, and of course mental health blogs. Now, if you want to read some interesting blogs on mental health, you can have a look at some of them from this list. These blogs provide fantastic insights and brilliant commentaries on a wide variety of issues related to psychology, mental health, and well-being.
Meanwhile, the ever-changing field of psychology has numerous approaches, methods, and theories. As a result, there are now many high-quality blogs operated by psychology professionals and counselors from every facet of the field.
With its popularity, undeniably, blogging confers a host of psychological benefits not only to its creators but also to its readers.
This is what blog psychology is all about. Although this is an emerging field in psychology, its application has expanded beyond that of psychology and mental health.
In a recent article from the American Psychological Association, it says that the applications of blog psychology can also be used inside the classroom.
Dennis Relojo, the world’s first blog psychologist, explains: ‘Potential theories of blog psychology may incorporate the readers’ perception, cognition, and humanistic components in regards to their experience of consuming blogs.
This emerging subdiscipline in psychology could also look into a range of psychological principles involved in running blogs.’
But blogging is such a complex platform. It’s now all nice and perfect: It has its own pitfalls as well. This is why a number of psychologists and psychotherapists remind their clients who blog that whatever they write about, they should also discuss these in the therapy room.
‘Social media can be a good adjunct to treatment, but not necessarily a replacement,’ says clinical psychologist Dr Stephanie Smith who blogs about the importance of psychology and good mental health.
Dr Smith recognises that many people don’t have the means to pay for their treatment, don’t have access to therapy, or just not convinced that it will work for them.
‘If online support and resources are all that some people can manage, then I think it’s important we support them in that,’ she adds.
Another important consideration to bear in mind is the comment section this is because some comments can be extremely negative and hurtful – I’m sure any blogger will have their own share of getting unkind comments once in a while.
That is why psychologists and psychotherapists highly recommend using comment moderation tools on their blogs. This will let bloggers review comments they receive before they are published. Using such tools will also enable bloggers to create settings where no comments are allowed.
A man writes about how blogging helped him overcome depression and anxiety. His story is just one of the many that demonstrates the efficacy of blogging in helping people who are struggling with mental health issues deal with their situations.
Indeed, a science dedicated into looking at the psychological aspects of blogging is timely and should be further advanced. After all, there are millions of blogs and we are all consuming it – whether as textual blogs, video blogs, or microblogs.
If you have been reading mental health blogs, you will surely realise that there is not a shortage of mental health bloggers. And undeniably they all play a crucial role in increasing awareness that surrounds mental health issues. To convey the importance issues that surround mental health while at the same time looking for ways to combate the stigma of mental illness is a massive mission. This is the very reason why mental health bloggers exist.
To recognise the role that bloggers plays in tackling issues on mental health, the world’s first event solely dedicated to mental health bloggers will be held in London on 17th December. The 1st Mental Health Bloggers Conference will showcase fantastic lectures from renowned mental health bloggers.
At the heart of blog psychology is talking about mental health and well-being. This plays an important role in helping people feel better about themselves. Blogging gives people an opportunity to create these conversations. Blogging lets people – especially those who are struggling with mental health issues – to feel more connected to the bigger world outside their home, through the internet.
Essentially, this is the very reason the world needs dedicated mental health bloggers who can help spread issues around mental health. These bloggers help us think progressively, and in essence, help us build a world where everyone takes mental health seriously and don’t discriminate against those with mental.