Psychotechnical Theory as a Format of Psychological Knowledge

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Abstract

The paper deals with the methodological characteristics of psychotechnical theory, a specific format of psychological knowledge developed by F.Ye.Vasilyuk. The author describes the general logic of overcoming the ‘schism’ in psychology through the discovery of the methodological importance of psychological practice. It is also shown that the philosophy of practice is implemented through the psychotechnical approach, its crucial feature being the investigation not of the mind per se, but of the experience of working with the mind. The format of psychological knowledge appropriate for the psychotechnical approach is the psychotechnical theory. Eight methodological characteristics of the psychotechnical theory suggested by F.Vasilyuk create a certain conceptual space fitted not only for psychotechnical theories, but also for classical ‘academic’ theories as well as various mixed ones. The article concludes that the psychotechnical theory presents a more general and universal format of psychological knowledge in comparison with the classical theories, and this means an opportunity to create a unified methodological tool for describing and analyzing psychological research and practice — and thus for overcoming the schism in psychology.

General Information

Keywords: psychotechnical theory, schism in psychology, F.Ye.Vasilyuk, methodology of psychology, psychotechnical approach, psychological knowledge

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2019150108

For citation: Patyaeva E.Y. Psychotechnical Theory as a Format of Psychological Knowledge. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2019. Vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 70–78. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2019150108. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Ekaterina Y. Patyaeva, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Personality Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: patyayeva@ya.ru

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