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Venting v.s. Therapy

A free white paper by Full Circle Confidential Workforce Wellness

The spoken word is one of the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling and folktales were common among people even prior to writing. The power of “healing through words” was recognized early in history from the time of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks. After all, there’s something very special about being able to confide and vent to someone who’s willing to offer healing support, a non-judgmental listening ear and a helping hand. But while venting to a friend or family member can be helpful, it is not the same as therapy. Having the space to complain about your stressors and problems can provide a window to blow off steam --- but too much complaining can have unwanted effects. Venting – if done correctly, is similar to therapy in the sense that helps reduce stress. Negative venting, however, can actually increase stress and physical and emotional ramifications of heightened stress.

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