May 29

In Chapter 3 we recommend keeping a journal as an excellent tool for self-discovery.   Academic research results provide objective support for the benefits of self-authoring.

One such study by at McGill University  and University of Toronto titled “Setting, Elaborating, and Reflecting on Personal Goals Improves Academic Performance” was published by the Journal of Applied Psychology (2010, Vol. 95, No. 2, 255–264) summarized:

“Of students who enroll in 4-year universities, 25% never finish. Precipitating causes of early departure include poor academic progress and lack of clear goals and motivation. In the present study, we investigated whether an intensive, online, written, goal-setting program for struggling students would have positive effects on academic achievement. Students (N 85) experiencing academic difficulty were recruited to participate in a randomized, controlled intervention. Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 intervention groups: Half completed the goal-setting program, and half completed a control task with intervention-quality face validity. After a 4-month period, students who completed the goal-setting intervention displayed significant improvements in academic performance compared with the control group. The goal-setting program thus appears to be a quick, effective, and inexpensive intervention for struggling undergraduate students.”

Other research described at Self-Authoring

“Careful writing about traumatic or uncertain events, past, present or future, appears to produce a variety of benefits, physiological and psychological. Written accounts of trauma positively influence health. Recent investigations have shown that the explicit written description of an ideal future produces similar results. A large body of research conducted in the industrial and business domains also demonstrates that future authoring or goal-setting results in improved productivity and performance.”

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