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Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing by Celia Hunt

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Chapter 5

Re-conceptualising the self in time

Susanna's story

 

 

 

Susanna's story has certain key differences from those of other Group 2 students. Here it is not (ostensibly) childhood experience that gives rise to psychic inertia but the trauma of loss and illness in the more recent past. Susanna has lost a sense of ongoingness through time and her experience of the MA is characterised by gradual opening-up to greater psychic movement between past, present, and future, experienced particularly, as in the case of Maria, through reconnecting with bodily feeling. This opening-up also brings understanding of learning as felt and bodily.

Loss, illness, and the freezing of identity

Susanna comes to the MA following a decade of life changes and ...

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