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".

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 2008 film Petals: Journey Into Self Discovery.[8][better source needed] The 2010 film Eat Pray Love and 2012 film Life of Pi is also associated with the idea of a journey of self-discovery.[citation needed]



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  1. ^ "Pilgrimage takes anthropologist on journey of self-discovery",, 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. ^ " 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",, 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",, 2008, webpage: IMDb-1850.
  9. ^ a b McNenny, Gerri; Fitzgerald, Sallyanne H. Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access. Routledge. ISBN 9781135658656. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  10. ^ Lamb, James M. BLACK. Author House. ISBN 9781491823774. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  11. ^ Learning, Gale, Cengage. A Study Guide for Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha". Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781410357915. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Billy Corgan is going to perform an eight-hour concert about Siddhartha". 18 February 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  13. ^ Hughes, Jon. "Hermann Hesse was one of the most iconoclastic of European authors". The Conversation. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Lessons from Literature: Siddhartha". The Georgetown Voice. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.