Is there a theory (Perhaps Freudian) concerning that of "Being" and that of "Happening"? I vaguely recall learning about it many years ago in H.S. Psych, but of course any search for either of these keywords results in non-relevant returns as both being and happening are common words.

The question is, if there is a theory concerning these concepts - what is the gist? But as importantly, what are keywords that I could use to find useful results?

  • $\begingroup$ Heidegger used a German word similar to "being" prominently in his work as an existential philosopher...Don't suppose that's anywhere near the mark? $\endgroup$ Commented May 6, 2014 at 2:04
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know.. I appreciate it though, it helps! Blanco uses Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Being, and I believe I understand "Being" more than "Happening", but need to investigate. $\endgroup$
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    Commented May 6, 2014 at 2:05

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I believe you are referring to Erich Fromm's work on the "having" (not "happening") and "being" modes. See here

  • $\begingroup$ Good guess. Fromm is a likely name to hear in a psych class at a secondary school level. $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2014 at 6:42

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