Journey of self-discovery

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The term "journey of self-discovery" refers to a travel, pilgrimage,[1] or series of events whereby a person attempts to determine how they feel, personally, about spiritual issues [2] or priorities,[3][4] rather than following the opinions of family, friends, neighborhood[5] or peer pressure. The topic of self-discovery has been associated with Zen.[6] A related term is "finding oneself".

A journey of self-discovery is a popular theme in literature. It is sometimes used to drive the plot of a novel, play or film.[3][7] Some films use similar phrases, such as in the 2008 film Petals: Journey Into Self Discovery.[8] The 2010 film Eat Pray Love is also associated with the idea of a journey of self-discovery.

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  1. ^ "Pilgrimage takes anthropologist on journey of self-discovery",, February 7, 2006, webpage: PE.
  2. ^ "Yeshiva University News - A Journey of Self-Discovery: Stern", Yeshiva University, February 12, 2010, webpage: YU.
  3. ^ a b "Film-inspired holidays: The Journey of self-discovery | Travel", The Guardian, 9 October 2010, web: Gfilm.
  4. ^ "Journey of self-discovery - Times Of India", Times of India, 18 April 2011, webpage: TOI-18.
  5. ^ "`Elegy' journey of self-discovery - Chicago Tribune", Chicago Tribune, 5 February 2002, web: CT2.
  6. ^ "Surfer and Zen Master Discusses Journey of Self Discovery",, August 11, 2009, webpage: KPBS-11.
  7. ^ "The Pride" a 50-year journey of self-discovery" The Denver Post, May 12, 2011, webpage: DP.
  8. ^ "Petals: Journey Into Self Discovery (2008) - IMDb",, 2008, webpage: IMDb-1850.