Books and Software
Pennebaker, J.W. (1997). Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, revised edition. New York: Guilford Press. (www.guilford.com or www.amazon.com -- Spanish, German, Japanese, Polish, Korean, Indonesian, and Hungarian translations are also available). Opening UpFirst published in 1990, Opening Up provides a broad overview of the power of writing or talking about emotional experiences. Dozens of studies in recent years have found that when people are able to translate emotional experiences into words, their physical and mental health improves. This book explores how and why emotional disclosure is so powerful.
Pennebaker, J.W. (2004). Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Press. (www.newharbinger.com or www.amazon.com). This is a workbook aimed for a general audience. It draws on recent research to help guide people who want to try to write about emotional issues in their lives.
Pennebaker, J.W. (1982). The Psychology of Physical Symptoms. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Colligan, M., Pennebaker, J.W. & Murphy L. (Eds.) (1982). Mass Psychogenic Illness: A Social Psychological Perspective. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Paez, D., Valencia, J.F., Pennebaker, J.W., Rimé, B., & Jodelet, D. (Eds.) (1998). Memorias Colectivas de Procesos Culturales y Políticos. San Sabastian, Spain: Universidad del Pais Vasco Servicio Editorial.
Pennebaker, J.W. (Ed.) (1995). Emotion, Disclosure, and Health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Pennebaker, J.W., Paez, D., & Rimé, B. (Eds.) (1997). Collective Memories of Political Events: Social Psychological Perspectives. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Traue, H. & Pennebaker, J.W. (Eds.) (1993). Emotion, Inhibition, and Health. Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
Wegner, D.M. & Pennebaker, J.W. (Eds.) (1993). Handbook of Mental Control. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Pennebaker, J.W., Francis, M.E., & Booth, R.J. (2001). Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC): A Computerized Text Analysis Program. Mahwah NJ: Erlbaum Publishers (available through www.erlbaum.com).