the middle ground between the observer
and the world we apprehend.
In many ways this is the social
creation of humans or other social creatures who through behavior,
signals, language or rituals recreate an order in the world
that is apprehended by other beings of the same species or language
A shared set of assumptions about who and what we are,
who we are supposed to be, what we are to do, or what we desire to become.
The German word "mit" refers to
implied by the word "with." Thus,
the mitwelt is the world we live with as a shared conscious experience
and as an unconscious recognition of relations among people, places and
Thus this is the world with which we associate our
comprehension of one another and the events that tie us together with
one another in a social unit.
Without the conceptual
meaning of a mitwelt there can be no community, language or heritage
that people recognize among one another.
The concept clearly implies that learning must take place
informally and formally, for people to experience the extent of the mitwelt's
influence on individual members of society.
German Gestalt Psychology