Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

Living Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford


  • Juanita RatnerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1454-1


Being-in-the-world is a term adopted by Martin Heidegger to describe one aspect of Dasein, of the engaged, authentic human being. Heidegger (1962) crafted this term with special significance, which he explained in his foremost work, Being and Time. Heidegger created this hyphenated word to indicate that one’s being cannot be separated from the world in which he or she exists. One finds one’s being in the world; the world exists in relation to each being. They exist in unity, the being and the world. Heidegger (1962) termed this being Dasein. Much of Heidegger’s phenomenological (1962) exploration of being in Being and Time was concerned with the natural arising of concern or caring that would occur if one were to authentically engage and respond to this world; conversely, the Dasein or individual being could leave things undone, neglected, or turned away from, and that would be a deficientbeing-in-the-world. However, with being itself comes being-in-the-world; there is...

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  • Ilan Dar-Nimrod
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  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia