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Definition: The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, or self.

Pronunciation: me-ta-NOY-ya


Derived from Greek’s “meta” (meaning ‘beyond’ or ‘after’), and “noos” (‘mind’).

Why this word?

The act of changing oneself is a deeply personal experience– You can invite others into having the knowledge of your changing, but if you do not keep them with a constant, running updated commentary, they will only know of whatever you were at the beginning. You might let someone know you fell and became bruised, but that other person won’t be in your skin to feel and see the affected area heal as you progress and move on. To that other person, you will still be black and blue.

Changing your mind, your opinion, the societal label you feel fits your identity best– These things can only be done when you decide to take on the (oftentimes) monolithic endeavor of looking at your Self with a critical eye, and actively wanting to change the flaws you believe you see.

Not many people survive the journey. Most cannot handle the idea, even.

How would you use this word in a sentence?

Example: “It was a warm, bright summer afternoon when metanoia leapt up and drove its teeth into the flesh of my neck. I wasn’t expecting it, I wasn’t expecting anything– I was listening the desperate rhyme of an Irishman being crooned over bouncing guitar and lively drums, and suddenly my world was Wrong. From nowhere, I was struck by a sharp, sick feeling of being inadequate. Things I didn’t even know I was puzzling over immediately made sense, but not for the better. Not then, at least.

“I think that’s when it started.”


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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.


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