Appears to me that pretty much every 'expert' on TMS/stress illness/mind-body syndrome who puts forward a cure or action plan advocates some form of journalling or negative writing as pretty much THE starting point to recovery. I have read pretty much every book and theory on TMS etc and consider myself well versed enough to 'know' that I have to start writing to move forward so what the hell is it that stops me doing it...its almost like a damn self sabotaging/defeating thing. I'm sure this isn't just unique to me as a lot of people seem to struggle to start journalling and like myself just remain stuck in the realm of theory rather than the actual doing. I'm just wondering what people's thoughts are on this...it really is strange in that the one thing that seems to be essential for recovery is so hard to commence let alone stick to. We all moan and groan about how much we want our pain to go away but we (well me anyway) never really seem to walk the walk. I often wonder if the writing is so hard to start because the unconscious mind fears this and throws ups excuses for us not to do it...interestingly enough though I can never really define what these excuses are other than just a feeling of not wanting to do it. Any thoughts?