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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Cultural-historical approach to the phenomenon of personal life experience in senility 1022

Ermolaeva M.V., Doctor of Psychology, Professor of Pedagogical Psychology Department, Faculty of Educational psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia,
The concept of personal life experience is substantiated as a higher mental function and the main new psychological formation at the advanced age. Personal life experience is regarded as meaning-procreative personality structure that is being formatted during the whole life course. It provides an opportunity to gain existential meaning and overcome the fear of cessation of personal being. Life course is understood in general scientific context as the concept describing the progress of individual human development form birth to senility. The role of several mediators of personal life experience formation – word, myth and fairy tale, symbol, meaning, the other person – is investigated. Personal life experience is regarded as the experience procreating its own space, time and meaning. Formation of personal life experience is influenced by self-consciousness, identity, reflection, life-meaning and value orientations and time-space determinants of one’s life course.

Keywords: personal life experience, life course of a personality, wisdom, self-exploration, existential meaning

Column: The Problem Of Development

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