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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 2005

Published quarterly

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Vasilyuk F.E., Ph.D. in Psychology, Dean of the "Psychological Counselling" faculty of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education. Head of the laboratory of scientific foundatuions of psychotherapy of the Psychological Institute of the Russain Academy of Education. Chair of the editorial board of the Mosacow Psychology Journal, Moscow, Russia,
The author suggests a new reading of the work of L.S. Vygotsky “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by W. Shakespeare”. Analyzing this work, and also the text of a little known publication “The Lines of Mourning”, the author suggests that Vygotsky was profoundly religious. “The Tragedy of Hamlet” was for Vygotsky a tragedy of loneliness and its overcoming by prayer. The content of the psy-chotherapeutic work is discussed as a process of helping a person in pain to survive and overcome said pain. The main cognitive interest of psychotherapy is to understand how human beings overcome the pain. This is the main similarity between psychotherapy and religion, psychotherapy and prayer. The question of attitude towards pain is the core question of philosophy and psychotherapy. The article discloses the essence of synergeion psychotherapy, which is prayer and silence.

Keywords: psychology of art, L.S. Vygotsky, psychotherapy, experience, suffering, pray

Column: Discussions And Discourses

For Reference

  1. Vygotsky L.S. Traurnye stroki (Den’ 9 ava) // Novyi put’. 1916. № 27.
  2. Vygotsky L.S. Psihologiya iskusstva. M., 1987. | The Psychology of Art.        
  3. Yaroshevskii M.G. L.S. Vygotskii kak issledovatel’ problem   psihologii   iskusstva   //   Vygotskii L.S. Psihologiya iskusstva. M., 1987. S. 292-323.
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