oa Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - 'Writing the pain' : engaging first-person phenomenological accounts
|Article Title||'Writing the pain' : engaging first-person phenomenological accounts|
|© Publisher:||Phenomenology Research Group|
|Journal||Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology|
|Affiliations||1 Open University, UK|
|Publication Date||Jul 2012|
|Pages||1 - 9|
|Issue||Special issue 2|
One way to teach or communicate embodied-relational existential understanding is to encourage the writing and reading of first person autobiographical phenomenological accounts. After briefly reviewing the field of first person phenomenological accounts, I offer my own example - one that uses a narrative-poetic form. I share my lived experience of coping with pain and hope to show how rich poetic phenomenological prose may facilitate lived understandings in others (be they our students, clients or colleagues). I argue that first person accounts can powerfully evoke lived experience, especially where they focus on existential issues, use personal-reflexive and/or relational-dialogal forms, and draw on the arts.
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