Individuality: The Unity of Incompatible

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Abstract

The author puts forward a hypothesis concerning a dynamic approach to exploring individuality. He considers dynamic individuality a mystery (a closed, non-additive, incomplete formation) and chooses the metaphor 'individuality as limitedness' as a starting point for his analysis. The author also discusses the idea about the contradiction between the two possible ways of individuality development - centrifugal and centripetal - and the idea of a 'multi-seated' individuality as an attempt to overcome this contradiction. In the light of the dynamic approach individuality appears as a unique innovative and conservative formation providing the process of individualisation - that is, of initiating and maintaining one's continual self-transformation.

General Information

Keywords: individuality, problem of combining stability and development, individuality metaphors, montage, movement and dialogue of metaphors, contradiction of ways of individuality development, 'multi-seated' personality, individualisation

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Pechenkov V.V. Individuality: The Unity of Incompatible . Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2007. Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 40–48. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Vasily V. Pechenkov, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, PI RAE, Leading Researcher at the Moscow State University of Psychology, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: vvpech@mail.ru

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