Put Away The Livejournal (Or Whatever The Kids Use): Heartbreak Journaling Is Bad For You

Nothing quite like the end of a relationship to get your creative juices flowing, right? Because, as any writer might tell you, sitting down and ruminating over the failings of an emotional adventure is the best way to move forward, right? Apparently, not quite.
A new bit of research from the University of Arizona suggests otherwise. Though psychologists set out to prove that spending time reminiscing and unpacking what went awry in a relationship helps sufferers move on, they seemed to find just the opposite after taking 90 divorcing or recently divorced men and women and asking them to journal for three consecutive days — some were instructed to keep an activity log, while others were expected to really explore the difficulties they were facing. Then, eight months later, the researchers followed up. Those who had enthusiastically turned their diaries into a Taylor Swift song were having, surprisingly, a harder time moving on.
While emotional exorcism is certainly healthy, the lead researcher of the project brings up a good point: "If you're someone who tends to be totally in your head and go over and over what happened and why it happened, you need to get out of your head and just start thinking about how you're going to put your life back together and organize your time." In other words, probing deep for poetry isn't going to do anyone any good.
But, on the other hand, there is nothing more inspiring and emotionally overwhelming as a good ode to heartbreak. What if Adele had just wrote songs detailing her daily activities? No one wants that. Journaling about your broken heart might not be good for you, but it certainly isn't bad for your creativity, right? (Jezebel)
adele
Photo: Via Columbia Records

More from Living

Leaving your pet in the care of someone else is always a nerve-wracking situation, but if you leave them with Chase Stout, rest assured they're in safe ...
Do NOT come between the internet and its love for fall-inspired pumpkin treats, or everyone will go nuts. Grub Street reports that after some ...
Until 11:59 ET tonight, you can get some insanely cheap deals on JetBlue flights. The airline is holding its fall flash sale, which means you can fly ...
This no-bake confetti fudge takes minutes to put together and will satisfy any sweet tooth
In addition to your typical candy staples, you may want to stock up on the newest flavor of Doritos this Halloween. During the month of October in Japan...
Big-batch punches are sophisticated, fun, and most importantly, easy for group gatherings (especially when spiked with your favorite alcohol). There also ...
Pokémon Go was this year's biggest app sensation. Within 24 hours of its launch, the game became a mega hit and has since seen users walking billions of ...
(Paid Content) Your next weekend away has to be in Toronto. Period
So, you've graduated from college, updated your LinkedIn, and have been hitting up your network like crazy. You had an amazing first interview, you ...
For the second time this month, earthlings of the Western Hemisphere will experience a special event involving our moon. Earlier this month, we got our ...
If you want to look up information about your favorite celebrities, your first instinct is probably to google them. But depending on who you're curious ...
If you've been waiting patiently for almond milk to arrive at your local Starbucks, the dairy alternative is finally here. Beginning tomorrow, September ...
To some, the term “elope” still conjures images of hasty lovers stumbling into clandestine chapels, or frugal pairs looking to save a few pennies on the ...
If the new phrase for the office BFF is the "work wife," then is a good boss or mentor your "work mom" or "work dad"? Part authority figure, part dispenser...