The semantics of color and intercultural competence in psychological counseling



A cross-cultural research devoted to the reconstruction of main colours semantic spaces in cultures with different languages was carried out. The article contains the research results and their value for the multicultural counseling competence is revealed. The data collected from academic literature and the data of empirical study made on the Russian speaking, English speaking and German speaking samples (total number of 456 people, aged from 20 to 65) were taken as the basis for the reconstruction. The data received conform to the hypothesis about the similarity of the colour meaning in the centre of colour sematic spaces in different cultures and the existence of culture-specific meanings of colour at the sematic space periphery that show the culture-historical development of each nation.

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Keywords: colour, colour semantics, multicultural counseling competence, colour sematic space, colour associations, association experiment, colours prototypes

Journal rubric: Philosophy, Anthropology, Culture

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kudrina A.V. The semantics of color and intercultural competence in psychological counseling. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2011. Vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 5–19. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alena V. Kudrina, Research Assistant, Department of the English language vocabulary, Faculty of foreign languages, MPSU, Senior Lecturer, Department of Foreign and Russian Philology, MCUPE, post-graduate student, Department of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychological Counseling, MCUPE, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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