Journaling can be a therapeutic exercise. In therapy, Johanna may encourage you to journal or keep a diary in a specific way, to raise awareness of specific activities, thoughts, or feelings. This monthly journal exercise is in no way individually prescribed, but meant to offer food for thought that may be useful for anyone.
March’s monthly journal exercise:
What would you say if no one could hear you? Write a paragraph or two of the thoughts you would share if you knew there could be no consequences.
What would you say if everyone could hear you? Write a paragraph or two of the thoughts you would share if you knew everyone would truly listen to your words.
Finally, compare the two sets of writing. How are they the same, and how are they different? How do they compare to the things you actually say (either in interpersonal interactions or via social media)? Write down your thoughts on the exercise to process this activity.