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Day 17: Depth Journaling Leveraging the Stress Inventory

Dr. Clarke discusses the concept of Depth Journaling, and going deeper on the sources of your most difficult emotions. If you choose to journal on emotional experiences from childhood, please watch the second video on this page instead, and do the journaling exercise associated with video #2.

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When Stress is From Childhood

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Summary

Dr. David Clarke covers topics including:

  • The activity of Depth Journaling on your most difficult emotions
  • Exploring the people, places and events that trigger these emotions
  • If you choose emotions experienced in childhood, watch the second video on this page instead and do the related journaling exercise

Journaling Assignment

Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.

Questions for Journaling:

  • Journaling (if you watched video #1 and chose emotions from current life)

    • Pick the one or two emotions from your (Day 16) list that are toughest
    • Where in your life do you experience these emotions? Are there people, places or events that trigger these emotions?
    • Do you notice any patterns in terms of where and when these emotions happen?
    • On a 1-10 scale (10 being worst) how would you rate your pain today?
  • Journaling (if you watched video #2 and chose emotions from childhood)
    • Imagine you are observing a child who had the same difficult emotional experiences as you did at the same age
    • What is it like to observe this child?
    • On a 1-10 scale (10 being worst) how would you rate your pain today