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February 13, 2012
I am an avid fan of journal writing. I have written about it many times because the benefits of journaling are phenomenal. The most obvious is that is a way to record time, keep track of our accomplishments, disappointments and transformations. The added benefits are very therapeutic. For example, keeping a journal to record your feelings and thoughts provides the writer with a safe, non-judgemental place to work through what is going on for them.
There are many different techniques to use for journaling and there is no one right way to keep a journal. You can use coloured pens, write in a variety of books and include pictures. It’s very individual. Among the many techniques is a Character Sketch, which can be used to work through challenges or to celebrate a loved one.
A character sketch is a written portrait of yourself or another person. It can also be about some part of yourself – a subspersonality (e.g. Cally the Comedian). If you are writing about yourself, be honest and use this to reveal qualities as well as things that you may like to change.
If you are having difficulty getting along with someone, write a character sketch to identify something about the person. It could be something that you have a hard time noticing about yourself or relating to about yourself – this is called “projection.” In other words, if you don’t like something in another person, it is often because we see it in ourselves. In this instance, you want to be honest and non-judgemental about what you write. Just get it out! You are not going to give this to the person; it is merely a way to work through your feelings.
A character sketch is also a lovely way to pay tribute to your children, family and friends. You can write a character sketch about each person and put it inside a birthday card, or give it to them ‘just because.’ When writing a character sketch about the other person there are three things to remember:
What do you notice about the person (e.g. qualities, values, actions)?
What do you notice about yourself in relation to another (e.g. you are inspired by them)?
How do you feel (e.g. they bring the best out in you)?
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