Reinekke Lengelle, PhD (1970), is an assistant professor with Athabasca University in Canada and a senior researcher with The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.
She is the author of the book Jezelf Schrijven [Writing yourself], published by Gompel & Svacina in 2018, and has written more than 25 scholarly articles and book chapters. Her career began as a poet, playwright, and writing teacher.
In the past 15 years, she has worked as a professor and co-developer of the Career Writing method, which uses creative, expressive, and reflective writing to foster career identity development and agency.
She is a symposium co-editor with the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and led the development of two issues on the use of Creative Methods in research and professional practice, published in 2018 and 2020.
Her new book Writing the Self in Bereavement will be published by Routledge in early 2021.
Writing is one way to do that. It’s a way to tap into your own wisdom. Wisdom, if seen as a quest, means dropping everything that you want to believe about your identity that isn’t true. Many stories about ourselves are an attempt to hold ourselves together. If we really want to be free, the invitation is to give up our “identity maintenance”. It was liberating for me to be able to say and write: my spouse is dead, I grieve him and in my grief there is also anger at what was unresolved between us, and I miss him, even sexually, and I am still sexually alive despite his death. Me loving someone else includes Frans and I talk about that openly with my new partner.
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