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Effects of Writing for Hub Pages on Our Daily Emotional Routine

Updated on May 31, 2020
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

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Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who don't write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholy, the panic and fear which is inherent to all humans.

-- Graham Green

Does Writing Go Deeper Than Merely Having a Hobby?

Contrary to some of your possible expectations, the following is not to be an advertisement for my particular niche here at Hub Pages -- having to do with "attempts of inspiring for life".

Rather, I am about to make my own little assessment of possible therapeutic effects that writing within our literary community may produce in the garden variety of our literary creators.

As we know by now, there are all kinds of us, by niche, by form, style, and productivity, and I won't try to categorize us into groups. But, when it comes to categorizing our personal motives, satisfaction, and possibly a mini-therapy that we are deriving from it, let's see what happens when we try to do something of that sort.

First come to mind those of us who in almost a selfless manner merely enjoy the process of creating, not thinking how it will be received by others. And, as it reaches its final form, we may almost wish to keep it for ourselves, as our "baby" -- not perfect, but ours.

I remember something exactly like that from my younger years when I was doing a lot of oil painting. Sometimes spending a whole night in my room filled with cigarette smoke, with beer bottles lined up beside my easel, like in a trance building up a deep sentiment for my creation.

Later on a friend would ask me if I would sell it to them, and, even though I needed money, I just couldn't part from it. I mean -- not easily, but I did it at the end.

Then, there are those who want to be recognized for more than the immediate folks of their life are able -- or willing -- to see in them. Those praises somehow hit deeper than some casual nicety.

And even though we know that our generous commenter maybe said that because they want us to return the compliment on their own creations -- it still means a lot. It's something that we don't receive from those in our life who are familiar with our talent, interest, skill -- but silent about it, somehow as if not attaching it to our image.

And I don't even have to say much about all those who are simply lonely, and to whom such an arrangement of writing within a community of writers means a lot.

As I am thinking of all types of writers at Hub Pages, it's almost impossible to sort them all by their mentality which could point to what intimate relief they may be finding in their writing. But there are some more who come to mind.

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He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

-- George Bernard Shaw

Not Everyone Has Poetry in Mind

Quite a big group is made up of those who want to share a know-how, or a practical wisdom that worked in their own life. If they were the ones in a real life therapy group, you wouldn't hear anything personal coming out of them.

No way. They are more likely to quietly push to those around their business cards, with a whisper: "Call me if you need me". Maybe they would even offer one to the therapist on the way out of the room after the session is over.

O.K.,maybe a little exaggerated scenario, but you know who I am talking about -- those practical ones, not to make you admire their poem, and not to uplift your spirit. There must be some emotional payoff they are getting there, and when I find it out, I'll let you know.

Now, as much as I want to keep all this on a bright side -- just can't miss those normative types, mainly dealing with politics. Those that would topple their leader at a blink of an eye if they could, or, in another case, kiss his ass on the public television out of a sheer endearment.

They immensely love sharing their strong views of social order, literally living the life of their nation, and finding one hell (pun not intended) of a therapy in preaching to everyone how the country should be run.

They may, or may not coincide with the last group to be mentioned. When they don't, they are just some civil, intellectual, respectful, and objective narrators.

And when they do belong to this last group, they share some personality traits with those that are known as trolls. Fortunately, they are not too many. Such creators, due to some inner conflicts have this need to ease inner pressure by exteriorizing those inner conflicts, by bullying someone -- anyone.

So they write mostly for that purpose of starting a verbal altercation, to call someone a name, to disagree -- like some cowards feeling safe because protected by distance and anonymity. Insecure, some don't even come under real name, or by no name at all. (However, this is not to say that everybody coming under an artist's name falls in that category).

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I do have friends. Maybe they live hundreds of miles away from me, and maybe I can only talk to them through a screen, but they're still my friends.

-- Francesca Zappia

Cyber-Friendships

Maybe it's time for me to stop beating around the bush and admit what I personally find therapeutic about writing.

For one thing, I am one of those mentioned earlier, who like seeing his thoughts take a form of an article, with paragraphs, subtitles, pictures, and quotes. I like the process of it, just like I enjoyed that mentioned oil painting.

And after I pass it to the public, I am curious, but far from being concerned, about how it may be received. Praises always feel good, but I am a little funny that way. Namely, while it is in process of my creating it -- it means something to me, and after I press that "publish" button, it a kinda doesn't matter how others want to experience it, it's up to them, it's their taste, their freedom, nothing to do with me anymore.

I don't know if you get it, but I can't explain it any better. Maybe if I say that what I do with that article is my own unique experience, and what they do with it is their unique experience -- while all along I am fully aware that words seldom sound the same between lips and in ears.

So, it's my great pleasure to write, and if a praise comes, it's good, but not something that I was hoping for while creating it.

My biggest of all therapeutic moments are those of sensing friendly vibes from someone whom I will never see in my life, at times so deep that I can't match it with expressions of closeness coming from my real life friends.

With my cyber-friends I could have an elegant, selective exchange of our personality displays, meaning that we don't bother each other with petty imperfections of our nature, like friends in personal contacts oftentimes do.

Like, I don't have to burden them with some aspects of my personality which are too prosaic as to contribute anything to the beauty of our exchange.

For example, take this little unsightly detail about me -- that my wife often has to use a begging voice while reminding me -- again, and again - to take the car for a wash. You see, I forget these things. I just wait for the "metro wash" -- meaning rain to do it for me.

Living in Ontario, Canada, I didn't have to learn to dance in front of my fireplace and chant the Native Americans' "call for a rainfall" ritual -- this is not Southern California, and rain more than "happens" here.

Now, you see, I find that therapeutic, having a smooth exchange with my cyber-friends, leaving out any depressing details having anything to do with car washes.

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Image by Joel Hugli from Pixabay

Make as many friends as you can, but don't build your life on them alone. It's an unstable foundation.

-- Sean Covey

Therapeutic Good-Byes

Now, talking in terms of yin-and-yang principle, we also have to mention those effects of writing for Hub Pages which are far from being therapeutic. Actually, there are those who are probably laughing at the mention of therapy and Hub Pages in a same sentence.

Few good ones apparently left, and few keep leaving. To them it might have been a therapeutic moment when they found strength to leave, maybe even break an addiction, if it had come to that.

Somehow it reminds me of a silly joke. Silly or not, I'll share it -- it's not the first, nor the last time that I am sharing something silly.

A man is walking in a park, when he sees his friend approaching and limping.

"What's wrong? - he asks concerned.

"Nothing."

"Why are you limping?"

Oh. it's O.K. You see, I put these tight shoes on, because I just love that feeling when I take them off."

Silly, like I told you, but you wouldn't believe how common it is, in one form or another. Torturous jobs, marriages, friendships...may go on and on for years, as if we are just prolonging it for sake of an additional pleasure, once when we'll finally terminate it.

So, every useful experience, especially one that's emotionally charged, can be seen as a school, or as a therapy. Isn't that funny how the same thing can be a therapy as we keep it, to some of us, but to others of us -- a therapy as we leave it.

All in all, "therapy" will always be something very individual. Isn't it so with everything else in life?

© 2020 Vladimir Karas

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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      13 days ago from Canada

      Angie -- I admire the spirit in which you wrote this comment. It's true, we may not agree on so many things, but that greatness in us has to see it in a right perspective.

      We are not in this world to change others, and go angry because they "dare" not to see things our way, We are here to change ourselves, and hope that others may find a truth for themselves which may work for them and for those closest to them.

      Isn't that the whole idea behind the concept of freedom? Freedom meaning that we are O.K. with what we think, say, or do, as long as it doesn't hurt others or deprive them of being who they are.

      For, we can never be free if we expect others to live by our standards, or if we live by theirs. That's why we, on this HP, can express what we think, expressing ourselves, not going normative by thinking that everyone else here has to follow our example.

      Thank you for those few nice words of objectivity, my friend. You have yourself a great day as well.

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      A B Williams 

      13 days ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Val, ditto. We definitely do not agree on everything, probably on most things, but it's always nice seeing your face and other familiar faces when I check in to read the latest or to do some writing.

      I don't like the way many things have gone down at HP, especially here or late, but that isn't the subject on the table and I will save that vent for another day.

      Have a good day!

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      13 days ago from Canada

      Angie -- Yes, I think most of us here never think what place it holds in our everyday emotional routine. So I just wanted to remind the writers about it. If we were not emotionally engaged in this thing for so many years, I doubt it we would have stayed. Money certainly hasn't been much of a motivator.

      And knowing friendly people like yourself among so many others, surely adds a lot to it.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      13 days ago from Canada

      Gypsy Rose Lee -- I am happy for you that you found this medium for your artistic expression. Poetry gives us a chance to funnel much of our heart into verbal form, while also giving a chance to a poetry-loving reader to evoke from their heart those uplifting feelings that only art can produce.

      Enjoy you creative moments, and all the best.

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      A B Williams 

      13 days ago from Central Florida

      Apparently, I wasn't clear either. I appreciate the opportunity to write for HP, because writing isn't out of necessity for me, it is just something that I truly love to do, it's therapeutic.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 days ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      What I meant Vladimir is that I love the reaction I get from people reading my poetry however, I feel that is all they like about my writing. Making the effort to write an article does me no good hardly anyone reads it they look and expect my poetry. I wish it could be both but there it is and I guess I am stuck this way. I enjoy writing and posting my poetry and I am in this niche.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      13 days ago from Canada

      Gypsy Rose Lee -- As you could see by the title, my hub was about the emotional benefits of writing for HP -- so I can't gather from your comment what it does for you personally.

      While posting your poetry here, do you feel satisfied with the feedback you're getting from readers? Do you enjoy making connections with people here? Does it take care of your moments of boredom, or even loneliness? Do you like the feeling of being a part of a writers' community? Has it become your dear daily habit to check what's new at HP?

      Or, are you basically just dissatisfied that poetry doesn't pay?

      Anyway, thank you for reading my hub.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 days ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Tell you what you explain it to me so I can understand. I use HubPages as the platform I post my poetry on besides my poetry blog. One day a long time ago I thought why not see if I can expand myself and perhaps finally ake some money on here and I wrote a long piece about dreams and their meanings concerning some famous people. That article never went far and is still gathering dust. I believe it is time to delete it from here and put it where i can gather interest. Since then I just post my poetry.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Allen, my friend -- In a holistic sense, human being will forever remain an unsolvable enigma. But it is an incredibly rewarding intellectual and spiritual adventure to dive into the essence of it and find intuitive "taste" of human truth -- if not a bunch of reliable mathematical equations.

      I would never try to credit myself for any sound theoretical amateurism, but being a pragmatist, I am quite satisfied with my path of using what I have discovered.

      However, for the sheer love of theorizing, I see brain -- at least its higher functions -- as a material equivalent of consciousness, or a transmitter-receiver of universal consciousness, reduced to the individually cultivated number of "stations" it can pick the signals from.

      It's like a personalized extension of that same consciousness which created a beautiful petal of a flower and a crocodile. We are that individualized, reduced consciousness -- not the brain. Our consciously evolved reach expands our brain, opening new neural pathways, as we are activating some dormant genes in our genetic potential.

      Ironically, when brain experiences a big trauma, like a physical damage, it may go through an electric boost of self-healing which may activate some genes of genius or a savant.

      Like in one well documented case recently shown in a TV documentary, a dude jumped into a swimming pool -- onto the shallow end -- and damaged his brain.

      But when released from hospital, he discovered that he could play piano like a virtuoso -- while never before in his life having touched piano.

      So, to my interpretation, that damaged brain "opened its creative valve" to allow expression of some dormant genes.

      As for the historical misuse or abuse of brain -- well, my friend, most of our ACTIVE genes are still animalistic, and the history is the testimony of that. Hence all wars, all political and religious manipulation, all greed and territoriality, violence and crap that only animals in human's body could come up with.

      As for myself, I have not activated any savant genes, maybe never hit my head hard enough, LOL -- but I am happy to report that my animalistic genes are at least pretty much kept at bay.

      Hey, by the way, it's O.K. that we are talking about all this, but it's all under a wrong article. As always, thank you so much, my old buddy, and I certainly enjoyed your thoughts about brain and our less than optimal use of it. -- Have a great day, Allen.

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      A B Williams 

      2 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Creative writing was my favorite subject all through school and into college, Math was my least favorite.

      Guess which one I could not do without in my 'real job'?

      I've written about multiple subjects, as far back as I can remember and appreciate the opportunity to do what I really love, here at HP.

      This article is excellent Val!

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      Allen Edwards 

      2 weeks ago from Iowa

      Val..My Friend

      I can relate to ALL your hypotheses as to why we humans find "substance" in the ability to transfer our conscious thoughts from that 3 pound organ we refer to as "our brain"...a lump of fat(the fattiest organ in the body — nearly 60 percent fat) ; nerve fibers; arteries, and arterioles ...onto some form of output Medium via the excitation of matter at the "neuronal circuit level"(one explanation of the generation of consciousness), and ultimately transferred to said Medium via another part of that "brain thingy" but utilizing different circuits to hold a pen, pencil, brush, or finger tips pushing on images on a phone screen{~~}

      My real question, I guess..What have all these billions of creations throughout human history contributed to establishing the best defense in the world against the enemies of our own selves and the more specific things that we should both be and strive to become?

      I know none of the physical functions of these glia/neuron compositions and algorithms can adequately explain our ultimate creativity, so your explanations as to how individuals.. insert the > a or b into the a+b=c formula to satisfy "c"(purpose), is well taken, and..Welcomed "AS ALWAYS"☆☆☆

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Mike -- It's a great comment, my friend. I enjoy the realization of your knowing exactly what writing does for you, it's a good quality to be so in touch with your true motivations and the emotional benefits you are deriving from writing.

      I wish you even more of the same of what you've been getting from it so far.

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      Mike Russo 

      2 weeks ago from Placentia California

      Val: I write because of the creative process. I can start with a seed in my mind about something I want to share with others and I will write a draft, sometimes with or without an outline. But I get great enjoyment of seeing it come to fruition. I do enjoy the accolades and if my piece ends up on a niche site, it even makes me feel better.

      I also have another side of me that participates in political forums. I must admit, I'm addicted to the forums. I enjoy the challenge of trying to change peoples thinking on issues, even though in very few cases that has happened. But I find it also increases my writing skills and my research and analysis skills while trying to influence others thinking...Thanks for your article.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Rohini -- I am glad you liked it, thank you for kind words.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      John -- Yes, you got it all correct about what I was writing about. Thanks for reading it, my friend.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Devika -- I was trying to focus on what writing does for us emotionally -- if anything other than just being a hobby. While it's true that we all write something different, some people write because they are lonely, others to be recognized for their talent, still others to discharge some anger...and so on. That was the point of my hub, not the fact that we write our own stuff.

      Thank you for reading, my friend.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It depends on the type of writer you and and of what you have to write about. I focus on sharing of my experiences or researched titles. Some are Ghost writers, or content writers, even article writers.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      An interesting perspective, Val. There are many different types of writers here and all have their individual reasons for writing here. Writing as a therapy is certainly one of those, acceptance, praise, and simply artistic expression, or to see their writing in published in some form.

      Oh, some use it for just being part of a community and making friends, and for the minority, to provoke. But, I am just reiterating what you have already said so I'll stop there. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rohini T 

      2 weeks ago from Virginia, USA

      Thanks for creating this hub. Your writing style is so smooth. Looking forward to reading more of your articles.

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