Aliah Shabbar

The Therapy and Professionalism of Writing

Aliah Shabbar portraitMany people want to go through life feeling heard, visible, and accomplished. Writing enables these feelings. Through writing, people are able to precisely and effectively articulate their ideas and opinions.  Writing is, in many senses, a type of therapy because it allows a person's deepest thoughts to be liberated. In contemporary society, writing also serves to represent one's professional identity.  In these ways, writing supports both personal growth and professional success.

The ambition of living a fulfilled life is a matter of embracing continuous change, growth, and functional activity.  All too often, people focus on their voice being heard rather than their words. By implementing writing as therapy, the quieted voices become the loudest ones. Writers hold the ability to reach deep within themselves and face the most difficult feelings and thoughts. They embark on this introspection by utilizing self-reflection where they analyze themselves and their life experiences. This practice is a source of superior writing that deepens one's own complexity and clarity.  The reader takes full interest in a piece, appreciates it as an inspiring work of art, and understands the writing to its fullest extent. For example, while my sister was in the military, she used writing as a way to cope with her experience. This also allowed me to better understand her situation. The importance of writing in life is not to simply know how to do it or to be good at it. The significance lies within permitting it to function as a therapeutic expression of  ideas, feeling, and opinions that could not be articulated verbally. Writing ultimately heals the writer through expression and the audience through involvement.

Not only is writing able to promote personal growth, it is also capable of presenting and constructing a professional identity. Contemporary society defines itself as fast-paced, innovative, and driven by technology. Professional fields accomplish effective communication by sending mail, writing emails, and by conducting phone or video conferences. Each skill must be mastered and meet professional standards. In specific, phone and video conferences require the professional to prepare documents in advance with precise and well thought-out ideas. This will help to ensure the best possible presentation. If the professional is not capable of superior, understandable, and unambiguous writing, communications will fail. From my experience in the health care field, communication through technology is utilized every day, and if the presented information is not concise, it can be detrimental.  In 2015, many business partners may not even experience face-to-face communication; all they have to represent themselves is their writing. In the end, the work a professional produces is a representation of his or her effort and field of knowledge.

Writing is magical because it truly encompasses the power of living a fulfilled life. We go through life wanting to find ourselves and to realize our aspirations. This is not done without self-expression and self-promotion. Writing enhances our understanding of self and our ability to construct a positive professional identity.