Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology
On-line version ISSN 1445-7377
Print version ISSN 2079-7222
FINLAY, Linda. 'Writing the pain': Engaging first-person phenomenological accounts. Indo-Pac. j. phenomenol. (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.2, pp.1-9. ISSN 1445-7377. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/ipjp.2012.12.1.5.1113.
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.