Psychotechnical method for research on creative thinking



The article presents method of psychotechnical study of thinking. While solving a creative task, the intellectual difficulties create frustration, "problem-personal situation" occurs. In order to resolve it combination of thinking activity and feelings directed at coping with affect disorganization of activity is needed. Theoretical model elaborated on two conceptual schemes is presented: analysis scheme of level-dynamic organization of creative thinking and scheme of consciousness operation modes. The experimentalist enters respondent's activity with the help of the following psychological methods: empathy, maieutique, and clarification. Results indicate that such complex psychotechnical support significantly enhances productivity of the thinking activity.

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Keywords: thinking, feeling, creativity, consciousness, psychotechnics, psychotherapy, problem-personal situation

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Vasilyuk F.E., Zaretsky V.K., Molostova A.N. Psychotechnical method for research on creative thinking. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2008. Vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 34–47. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Fedor E. Vasilyuk, Doctor of Psychology, professor, Professor of the Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Head of the Laboratory of Scientific Foundatuions of Psychotherapy, the Psychological Institute of the Russain Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

Victor K. Zaretsky, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna N. Molostova, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Member of the Eastern European Association for Existential Therapy, Group Psychotherapist, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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