Vol 9 No 1 (2017)

Becoming the Self: Personal Development in the context of therapeutic/transformational writing

Bradley Justin David Bell
Athabasca University
Published June 2, 2017


The concept of personal development in Western cultures is not new (Foucault, 1990). What has changed are the methods used to enact personal development, the sources from which inspiration and information are drawn, and the desired results (Foucault, 1980). Drawing on Martin Heidegger’s conception of being and ultimately the authentic life, as well as Friedrich Nietzsche’s conception of the eternal recurrence this investigation attempts to illustrate how the eternal recurrence and striving to live authentically can help guide our writing as therapy, or personal development, and uncover those experiences, objects, and individuals which have become inconspicuous.