Posted on November 10, 2013, in Grief and Trauma

Clustering is used by Kay Adams in "Journal to the Self," page 87, and is described by the author as:  “Clustering is a fun, easy and spontaneous way to efficiently access lots of information quickly. As a journal tool, clustering works for brainstorming or project management but also helps integrate and left and right hemispheres of the brain. To begin a cluster, write a key word or phrase in the middle of the page and draw a circle around it. Then free-associate. Spin thoughts off of other thoughts in single words or short phrases. Circle each one and connect it with a line to the one before it. When a new association occurs to you, go back to the central word and begin a new epicenter. Go all over the page and work until you feel an internal shift from randomness to a sense of clarity or direction. Once you are done clustering/mind mapping, write about your conclusions from the words in your cluster. What words came up when you used your name as the central word. Who are you?”

Sample Cluster



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