A psychobiographical study of intuition in a writer’s life: Paulo Coelho revisited

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Intuition is defined as a form of knowledge which materialises as awareness of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. It is a key to a deeper understanding and meaningfulness. Intuition, used as a psychological function, supports the transmission and integration of perceptions from unconscious and conscious realms. This study uses a psychobiographical single case study approach to explore intuition across the life span of Paulo Coelho. Methodologically, the study is based on a single case study, using the methodological frame of Dilthey’s modern hermeneutics. The author, Paulo Coelho, was chosen as a subject of research, based on the content analysis of first-and third-person perspective documents. Findings show that Paulo Coelho, as one of the most famous and most read contemporary authors in the world, uses his intuitions as a deeper guidance in life, for decision-making and self-development. Intuitive decision-making is described throughout his life and by referring to selected creative works.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-490
Number of pages19
JournalEurope's Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Intuition
  • Life study
  • Paulo Coelho
  • Psychobiography
  • Rationality
  • Writer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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