Facebook and Twitter may have a healing power once harnessed by ancient Greek philosophers, according to a new Australian study, The Courier-Mail reported Saturday.

PhD student Theresa Sauter, from the Queensland University of Technology, is examining how social-networking websites help people form their own identity. Her research will focus on the history and benefits of writing about oneself.

“Social-networking sites, blogs, online discussion forums and online journals represent modern arenas for individuals to write themselves into being,” Sauter said.

“The ancient Greek philosophers used a reflective notebook to write down what they had read and their thoughts on it.

“Early Christians and Puritans kept confessional diaries, while … in the 20th century self-writing was commonly used in therapy to enable people to explore and heal themselves.”

Facebook is the modern-day equivalent, she said

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