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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

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Fear as a mental health crisis in the context of global risks and changes 69


Rozenova M.I.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of Scientific Foundations of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Ekimova V.I.
Doctor of Philology, Department of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education , Moscow, Russia

Ognev A.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Scientific Director, Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy, Moscow, Russia

Likhacheva E.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Chair of General Psychology and Labor Psychology, Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy, Moscow, Russia

The paper presents the analysis of the results of international and national research in the field of studying the impact of global crises and pandemic situations (including COVID-19) on the state of mental health of people. Traditionally, the fear that accompanies emergency events and situations is considered as a source of mental and psychological traumatology of various kinds, however, the authors consider fear in a period of global risks and changes, from the point of view of not the cause, but an indicator of a decrease in the integrity of a person's mental health. The initial theoretical model that allows us to differentiate and diagnose different qualities of fear was the "I-structural" concept of G. Amon, which allows us to describe and understand the specific phenomenology of fears in the pandemic period. The qualities of fear, manifested in its constructive, destructive and deficient form, according to the authors, reflect the resource reserve of a person's mental health and the level of his psychological stability.

Keywords: fear, phenomenology, quality, mental, health, disorder, anxiety, resources, integrity, violation, international research.

Column: Clinical psychology


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