Estrangement and Loss of Meaning

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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.

General Information

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

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2007030408

For citation: Osin E.N., Leontiev D.A. Estrangement and Loss of Meaning. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2007. Vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 68–77. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2007030408. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Evgeny N. Osin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3330-5647, e-mail: eosin@hse.ru

Dmitriy A. Leontiev, Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research Fellow, The Laboratory for Comparative Research in Quality of Life, National Research Tomsk State University, Head of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation; Professor of Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2252-9805, e-mail: dmleont@gmail.com

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