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A "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". There are different stages of finding oneself. Cultures from around the world have developed an array of modalities in the journey to discover oneself. In modern times practitioners and scientists have come together to create a map that brings clarity to the process of self-discovery. This is referred to as the levels of consciousness.

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]


A journey of self-discovery is a popular theme in fiction.[3][7] Some films use similar phrases, such as in the film Petals: Journey Into Self Discovery (2008).[8][better source needed] The drama films Eat Pray Love (2010) and Life of Pi (2012) are also associated with the idea of a journey of self-discovery.[9][10]



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  1. ^ "Pilgrimage takes anthropologist on journey of self-discovery", Princeton.edu, February 7, 2006
  2. ^ "Yeshiva University News - A Journey of Self-Discovery", Yeshiva University, February 12, 2010
  3. ^ a b c "Film-inspired holidays: The Journey of self-discovery",The Guardian, 9 October 2010
  4. ^ "http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/Journey-of-self-discovery/articleshow/7451701.cms Journey of self-discovery]", Times of India, 18 April 2011, webpage: TOI-18.
  5. ^ "'Elegy' journey of self-discovery", Chicago Tribune, 5 February 2002
  6. ^ "Surfer and Zen Master Discusses Journey of Self Discovery", KPBS.org, August 11, 2009
  7. ^ a b "The Pride" a 50-year journey of self-discovery" The Denver Post, May 12, 2011
  8. ^ "Petals: Journey Into Self Discovery (2008) - IMDb", IMDb.com, 2008, webpage: IMDb-1850.
  9. ^ Tomar, Sahil (27 July 2023). "Top 10 Inspiring Films to Rediscover Yourself and Find Clarity". Medium. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  10. ^ Wagner, Rachel (August 2016). "Screening Belief: The Life of Pi, Computer Generated Imagery, and Religious Imagination". Religions. 7 (8): 96. doi:10.3390/rel7080096.
  11. ^ a b McNenny, Gerri; Fitzgerald, Sallyanne H. (June 2001). Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access. Routledge. ISBN 9781135658656. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  12. ^ Lamb, James M. (November 2013). BLACK. Author House. ISBN 9781491823774. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  13. ^ Learning, Gale, Cengage (12 July 2016). A Study Guide for Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha". Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781410357915. Retrieved 15 January 2017.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "Billy Corgan is going to perform an eight-hour concert about Siddhartha". The A.V. Club. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  15. ^ Hughes, Jon. "Hermann Hesse was one of the most iconoclastic of European authors". The Conversation. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Lessons from Literature: Siddhartha". The Georgetown Voice. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.