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Is It Important to Talk about Bad Things that Happen to Us?

In his Nobel Lecture, given on 11 December 1986, Elie Wiesel says that it was important for him (and others) to talk about the bad things which had happened to them during the Holocaust:

Overnight, countless victims become chroniclers and historians in the ghettos, even in the death camps...To testify became an obsession. They left us poems and letters, diaries and fragments of novels, some known throughout the world, others still unpublished.

Do you agree, or disagree, that it is important to talk about bad things which happen to us? Explain your answer.

Does talking about troubling events help to relieve the internal sadness, or tension, about such events? Explain your answer.

Does talking about the bad things which have happened to us help us to begin a healing process? Explain your answer.

Has talking through a difficult event, which has happened to you, helped to make you feel better about it? Explain your answer.


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