A meta-analysis suggests that writing in other contexts leads to a decrease in negative outcomes (Smyth, 1998) as well as increased subjective well-being (Frattaroli, 2006).
Consistent with this approach, researchers have also examined whether a writing-based intervention facilitated coping with a romantic break-up in nearly a hundred single participants who experienced break-up in the past three months.
Those in the experimental group wrote about the positive aspects of their break-up.
In thinking about the different types of relationships, it is important to realize that you can have an intimate relationship with anyone.
However, an intimate relationship can be with anyone who you are really close to and with whom you can be completely open and honest.