RealJock, Introspection and Exercises in Journaling

  • He_Man

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    Apr 15, 2013 7:08 AM GMT
    I couldn't sleep last night, so I went back through several years worth of comments that I had left in past topics and forums and re-read them all. It took me several hours to complete the task, but I found it very therapeutic because I could actually recall the memory and the associated feeling with each comment as I read them.

    It was actually quite fun (and sad at times when I had to recount those not-so-good feelings) and it reminded me of a certain therapy technique that clinicians/psychotherapists use called journaling. Journaling in therapy has been around for years, but not too many people do it. It's really good for introspection, especially for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other related mental health issues. They should keep a journal so that they can see which events trigger certain behaviors and emotions. It's very therapeutic, and I was amazed that I had been writing a journal all of these years without even knowing it.

    You can learn a lot about yourself rereading some of your old comments and posts. You can see how you are growing as a person, the different psychological states you were in over the last year or so and the ups and downs that you experienced along the way. Some comments made me laugh, while others made me cringe with embarrassment, but it was very introspective and I really did learn a lot about myself.

    I did a little analyses and found that I'm on RealJock a lot when I'm not in a relationship, and I tend to disappear from RealJock whenever I'm in a relationship, which makes sense because when I'm dating someone I give him 110% of my attention and nearly delete my online presence.

    I also found that I always try to create humorous posts to lighten up the mood. I guess because life is sometimes so harsh in the real world that I use humor as an outlet to de-stress, plus you have to see the comedy in this mundane existence, or you'll drive yourself crazy.

    I also found that I am highly emotional, and even though I like to think of myself as a being logical and full of reason, my emotions get the best of me, so I guess I'm not as rational as I would have myself believe. I live a very emotionally rich life, but it can get me into trouble a lot, especially with cold-hearted boyfriends who believe using people is acceptable (that bastard! See what I mean).

    If you guys are bored one day, or can't sleep one night like me, I would encourage you to go back through your RealJock comments and posts and re-live and re-experience your life, see how you've changed since you've been on RealJock and see the ups and downs in your life. It's a great exercise in introspection.

    I think it would be awesome to read some of your own stories of what you learned about yourself, how you've changed, what you've learned and anything else that you pulled from the experience.

    Who would have thought that RealJock could be a psychological tool to help us know ourselves just a little bit better.

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    Apr 15, 2013 2:02 PM GMT
    I actually thought this was a very interesting read.

    I think I speak for all of us when I say that we wish you stayed while in a relationship, your posts are always missed!
  • TonyD

    Posts: 168

    Apr 15, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    I love the thread topic due to the fact I journal daily.
    Usually, I start while doing cardio @ home a d continue through the day.
    This habit opened writing plays and film and stand up comedy performance.

    I wish I had more time to write here...
    Thank you for your thoughtful posts.
  • MikeW

    Posts: 6065

    Apr 15, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    He_Man said Who would have thought that RealJock could be a psychological tool to help us know ourselves just a little bit better.

    Yes, it can be. That's a lot of why I'm here, actually. I've tried to keep daily journals but they don't seem to work for me. Its much better when there is an at least implied 'audience' or someone my thoughts are directed toward. The forum works for that, as does RJ email.
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    Apr 17, 2013 12:20 AM GMT
    Journaling is awesome. Definitely couldn't live without it. I immediately turn to my journal when I have to work through a thorny situation or resolve something difficult. In fact, during college, many of my friends have followed suit and started journaling themselves. Journaling is at least as great an investment in yourself as working out is.
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    Apr 17, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    As far as contemplative practices go, journaling is a definite. When we work out we track our progress with noting reps, sets, and weights. When we explore our feelings through journaling, we can look at what we have written and how our world looked like in that moment. It is a beautiful thing.

    Thank you for sharing that lovely reminder... now I'll be off to journal some more.