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The Existential Perspective of Love

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Umwelt, Mitwelt, and Eigenwelt of Love

Here is my Existential perspective about love (based on Existential concept on the modes of “Being-in-the-World” or “Dasein” by Martin Heidegger)


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There are 3 modes namely “Umwelt” (Environment around us), Mitwelt (People around us) and Eigenwelt (Self within us)

To be considered healthy, people should simultaneously live within the 3 modes, meaning, not one is bigger than the other.

The problem nowadays with the perspective of “loving” is the appeasement of our selves alone (Umwelt) then, reach out to others (Mitwelt) to have a sense of self (Eigenwelt). With this structure, Umwelt and Mitwelt are the ones that are mostly lived with, but Eigenwelt is neglected.

There is nothing wrong with loving, for it is a natural drive in us to respond to our environment. But, what happens is that we tend to forget the aspect of “Eigenwelt” . This is the world where we should have a resolution in ourselves, to be complete on our own, to activate our potentials and to build a self-concept that is based on authentic living. Many people couldn’t handle the existential isolation and the anxiety that comes along with it. They have not nourished  the inner strength essential to put anxiety in a level that will catapult themselves to a more intact individual. So, they go about their way looking for someone that will somehow make them feel whole.

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Loving is not an issue of filling what is missing in you, but rather with your wholeness and sense of love in yourself, you learn how to love and to give love. Loving is not a mere external drive, but it is more of internal. No one can complete you than to have your “Eigenwelt” activated in you. You don’t need to find the half of what you are missing, or else, it will just be a shared brokenness of two people whose sense of Eigenwelt are not resolved.

No wonder many people lose their sanity in loving with the wrong input because nothing is there inside to hold on.

Rainier Ladic
A guy from the Philippines whose origin of interest and passion in Psychology and pursuing a career out of it came from resolving existential basic issues. Currently on my last year under the Master's program specializing in Clinical Psychology, working as a Behavioral Therapist in a center specifically doing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with Neurodevelopmental Disorder. Free time is spent mostly with myself as I introspect about many things, talking with friends, exercising at the gym, writing blogs to release what's on my mind, listening to inspiring and empowering songs, and watching documentaries of various sort.

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