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Title: An existential conceptualization of the vacation cycle
Authors: Kirillova, K 
Lehto, X
Keywords: Existential anxiety
Existential authenticity
Fade-out effect
Vacation
Wellness tourism
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Annals of tourism research, 2015, v. 55, p. 110-123 How to cite?
Journal: Annals of tourism research 
Abstract: Utilizing the notions of existential authenticity and normal anxiety, we propose the five-phase model of vacation cycle and elucidate mechanisms behind vacation and fade-out effects. Departing from a purely philosophical view on existential authenticity, we focus on its understanding via the existential psychology lenses, arguing that existential authenticity is a relative, dynamic, and four-dimensional concept. Supported by the current empirical evidences and theoretical advancements in existential psychology, this study posits that, accompanied by anxiety fluctuations, authenticity varies during a vacation across four dimensions of human existence: Umwelt, Mitwelt, Eigenwelt, and Uberwelt. We suggest that these changes are associated with vacation (when evoked by liminality and awe) and fade-out effects (when prompted by the lack of existential courage and anxiety tranquilization).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/43332
ISSN: 0160-7383
EISSN: 1873-7722
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2015.09.003
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