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Communicating and Philosophizing About Authenticity or Inauthenticity in a Fast-Paced World

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North Americans live in an increasingly fast-paced world. Not only might this be physically and relationally unhealthy, a fast pace of life might prevent people from living life to its fullest and achieving happiness. Using Heidegger’s theory of Dasein, this study examines how individuals talk about time in holiday letters. Results of the study indicate that many letter writers were living inauthentic lives. According to Heidegger, inauthenticity prevents individuals from experiencing life at its fullest; implications of the findings blending philosophy and communication are discussed.

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The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Mark Meister for his initial ideas on Heidegger and time. We also are deeply grateful for the assistance and feedback provided by our anonymous reviewers; all of them helped in the formation of the essay. All of the authors contributed equally to this project.

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DeGreeff, B.L., Burnett, A. & Cooley, D. Communicating and Philosophizing About Authenticity or Inauthenticity in a Fast-Paced World. J Happiness Stud 11, 395–408 (2010).

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