Autoethnography is a transformative qualitative research method that has the power to heal self and society after traumatic events (personal and collective). It is a bridge between the subjective inner world of spirit and memory with the outer world of objectivity and culture. Autoethnography is a powerful tool for manifesting change in the world. In this paper, I will address autoethnography as a transformative methodology in relationship to my father’s death when I was a young child, demonstrate the therapeutic aspects of personal narrative, and quickly address some of the ethical challenges with the process.


autoethnography, personal narrative, qualitative research, storytelling, transformative research

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Dwayne Custer is a published author in autoethnographic research and storytelling. He has a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology and a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education. He is currently a doctoral student in Transformative Studies. Please direct correspondence to dwaynecuster@gmail.com.

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