Well I have to admit, I really don't like the journaling. It's strange, because it's not because I have a problem with writing - I have a writing background and work with words for a job. But I think I feel like it's homework. It reminds me of being back at school or university and having to write an essay. I hated that feeling. But having said all that, as I'm getting towards the end of each entry, I find I enjoy it or that I like the way I've expressed the ideas. I think the value might be that getting it down on paper (or in my case, in digital format) means you can unpack the ideas in a logical and linear way in front of you rather than being only able to deal with a few thoughts at a time in your head, often returning obsessively to thoughts that hold more power, or more likely, obsessively turning away from those thoughts... Then there's the spider writing technique which isn't linear. I like that one because it's quick! But at the back of my head I think I don't attribute as much value to that, as though writing a narrative is somehow superior - I'm sure this harks back to the intellectual snobbery learned at university. As to whether the journaling is helping my TMS symptoms - the jury is out. What has helped more is learning about the mind/brain/body interrelation, other people's success stories, the multitude of strategies to treat your TMS and meditating on self-acceptance. I suppose journaling is a way to apply what you learn to your situation, otherwise you're learning in a vacuum. See, I just worked out the value of journaling through the act of journaling!