Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Gustave Jung, 1973, p. 33


This chapter provides an introduction to the psychobiographical study on Paulo Coelho. It serves as an orientation that guides the reader through the study, giving insight into the life and work of Paulo Coelho, the content and structure of the entire work in terms of theories and methodology used. The chapter describes the problem of research, highlights its purpose, aims and contribution. It emphasises finally the researcher’s motivation regarding the research study (the view inside) and provides an overview on the structure of the study (the view outside). The chapter closes with a chapter summary. In the following a general orientation to the study is given.

Each chapter in this study starts with a quotation that relates to the context of the chapter or a specific aspect described in each chapter. However, the quotations are hardly actively integrated or analysed within each of the chapters. They are rather seen as part of the artistic reconstruction of the study with regard to the life and creative works of the writer Paulo Coelho.

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