To be onerself



"To be oneself"- is a story about fear and ways to overcome it. Path to yourself and the path to God is the way to freedom. This was stated by Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh, and the author develops this idea: how to avoid role-playing systems, how to find oneself and one's life mission, how to find the unity of soul and mind, heart and mind. The path of christian soul should lead to joy and not to fear – argues author.

General Information

Journal rubric: Philosophy, Anthropology, Culture

Article type: report

For citation: Ovsyannikov S. To be onerself. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2011. Vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 5–17. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Sergey Ovsyannikov, Archpriest, Rector, St. Nicholas Parish, Archpriest, graduated from the Leningrad Theological Academy in 1986 and defended his thesis. He was ordained a priest by Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh in London in 1990, and was sent by Bishop Anthony to serve in Amsterdam. He worked as a consultant on biblical translation in the United Bible Societies (great Britain). Currently, the rector of St. Nicholas parish in Amsterdam., e-mail:



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