Solving the Task of Finding the Meaning of Dreams as a Method of Exploring Comprehension of Meanings of Life

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Abstract

The paper presents outcomes of a quantitative psychotechnological research on the process of one's com¬prehension of his/her own life. It focuses on the reflective mechanisms of realizing meanings of life, thus further developing research on meaning formations of personality within the cultural-activity approach. For these purposes a method of solving the task of finding the meaning of a dream was used in the study, which is in fact an operationalization of the method of productive amplification of consciousness. Rather than examining the already formed contents of meanings of life available for introspective descriptions, this method allows the exploration of the constructive activity of consciousness through which these meanings of life are formed. The main outcome is the reconstruction and empirical model of reflective activity carried out by the individual in the process of comprehending meanings of life and his/her life situation.

General Information

Keywords: unconscious, comprehension, reflective activity, meanings of life, dreams, primary symbols, finding meaning

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2015110308

For citation: Kubarev V.S. Solving the Task of Finding the Meaning of Dreams as a Method of Exploring Comprehension of Meanings of Life . Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2015. Vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 86–99. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2015110308. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Vyacheslav S. Kubarev, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology of Work and Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Omsk State Technical University, Omsk, Russia, e-mail: kubiks@rambler.ru

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