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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/chp

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Estrangement and Loss of Meaning 2540

Osin E.N., PhD in Psychology, Leading Research Associate of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, evgeny.n.osin@gmail.com
Leontyev D.A., PhD in Psychology, Professor, Head of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, dleontiev@hse.ru
Abstract
The article discusses the correlation between the concepts of 'loss of meaning' (V. Frankl) and of 'estrangement' that describe similar phenomenology and reviews the theory of estrangement as of 'existential neurosis' (S. Maddi). The multidimensional concept of 'meaning reality' ontology makes it possible to regard meaningfulness of life and loss of meaning as phenomena of one's relationship with the world (A.N. Leontiev, S. Maddi, J. Nakamura and M. Csikszentmihalyi), whereas estrangement can be regarded as a category describing ontological foundations of subjective phenomenon of loss of meaning.

Keywords: meaning, life meaningfulness, loss of meaning, estrangement

Column: Discussions And Discourses

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/chp.2007030408

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