Friday, August 18, 2006

"FLIP-OUT RULE"
As you delve deeper into important personal issues in these writing exercises, consider how you feel about each topic. In my creative writing class for people with mood disorders, I always tell writers that if you just can't -- or don't want to -- deal with a particular subject right now, simply skip it and write about something else. James Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas - Austin, and a leader in this field, calls this the "Flip-Out Rule." If something might make you "flip-out," do something else.

1 comment:

blogger1 said...

Any general rule is questionable. To
avoid a topic can show that there is an
issue to be solved. Flip-out may lead to
procrastination - and further depression.
It is possible that some forms of depression
may be related to a tendency to avoid
painful memories and strong emotions in
general. Unless it leads to a depressive
crisis, it may be useful to go ahead. However this may trigger strong reactions,
including manic episodes for some individuals. So I'd advise to use
good judgment, but not allow oneself too easily to avoid difficult and disturbing
subjects.