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    Inquiries in Boredom: Reconciling the Self, the Social, and the Wild by Kondo, Takanori Daniel

    Boredom is a phenomenon experienced by most individuals in modern western society. While some research has been done on the topic, there still remains plenty of potential research to be done on boredom and its effects on our lives. This essay consists of a review of literature pertaining to boredom, analysis of psychoanalytic theory as it can be applied to boredom, and an exploration of the wilderness as a theoretical treatment for those suffering from boredom. A discrepancy is made between situative boredom, the more benign form of boredom, and existential boredom, which is considered to be a serious psychic ailment. This paper focuses on existential boredom and how the relationship that the individual has with modern society can create the conditions where existential boredom can manifest itself in the individual. The end result is a commentary on how the social situatedness of the individual within society causes the individual to engage with the world inauthentically, resulting in a lack of meaningful experience that characterizes existential boredom.