The Life and Creative Works of Paulo Coelho

A Psychobiography from a Positive Psychology Perspective

  • Claude-Helene Mayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 1-14
  3. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 15-33
  4. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 95-117
  5. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 119-142
  6. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 143-179
  7. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 181-325
  8. Claude-Hélène Mayer
    Pages 427-480
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 481-501

About this book


This book assesses the life and success of the writer Paulo Coelho, one of the most fascinating and contemporary writers in the world, through new lenses. It applies a positive psychology perspective and contributes to using innovative theories in psychobiographical studies. This study explores the development of holistic wellness (HWM) and faith development (FDT) throughout the writer's life. It presents radical changes in spirituality, self-direction, love and faith across the life span. Further, it analyses the development of Coelho’s relationship with God and the creation of meaningfulness through his belief and writing. This study contributes to a new era of psychobiographical works within the positive psychology framework. 


Lyricist and Novelist Paulo Coelho Creation of Meaningfulness though Belief and Writing Psychobiography in Framework Positive Psychology Research Design and Methodology Creative Works of Paulo Coelho Holistic Wellness Model Faith Development Theory Stages of Faith Development Qualitative Case Study Research Defining Psychobiography God, Faith and Spirituality Work and Leisure Fowlers’ Stages of Faith Development Theory Research Paradigm of Hermeneutics in Psychobiography Research Process in Psychobiography Data Collection and Sampling Research Findings on the Life of Paulo Coelho Life Task Spirituality

Authors and affiliations

  • Claude-Helene Mayer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für therapeutische Kommunikation und SprachgebrauchEuropa Universität Viadrina FrankfurtGermany

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