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Clinical Psychology and Special Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-0394

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

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Phenomenon of Uncertainty as a Subjective Experience 569

Lifintseva A.A., PhD in Psychology, Professor, Institute for the Humanities, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia, alifintseva@kantiana.ru
Derkach T.D., student, Department of clinical psychology, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia, derkach2809@gmail.com
Shtolde N., student, Department of clinical psychology, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia, nikitashtolde@gmail.com
Abstract
The phenomenon of uncertainty in illness of patients is discussed and analyzed in this article. Uncertainty in illness is a condition that accompanies the patient from the moment of appearance of the first somatic symptoms of the disease and could be strengthened or weakened thanks to many psychosocial factors. The level of uncertainty is related to the level of stress, emotional disadaptation, affective states, coping strategies, mechanisms of psychological defense, etc. Uncertainty can perform destructive functions, acting as a trigger for stressful conditions and launching negative emotional experiences. As a positive function of uncertainty, one can note a possible positive interpretation of the patient's disease. In addition, the state of uncertainty allows the patient to activate the resources of coping with the disease, among which the leading role belongs to social support.

Keywords: uncertainty in illness, somatic disease, stress, illness’s experience

Column: Theoretical research

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/cpse.2018070101

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