Constitutional Psychology as a Field of Scientific Knowledge and Cultural Phenomenon



The article focuses on the formation of a new scientific branch – constitutional psychology. Тwo articulated forms of constitutional psychology are justified: first, as a field of scientific knowledge that contains its own subject, objectives and research methods; second, as a cultural phenomenon which is observed at the level of the individual psychology and personality. The importance to distinguish these two capacities of constitutional psychology is underlined; their mismatch, mutual transitions and ontological unity is noted. The authors highlight the place of constitutional psychology as a theoretical construct in the general system of psychological knowledge, and, in particular, in the field of legal psychology. The attributes of Russian constitutional psychology as a cultural phenomenon expressed in the mind of a particular person are considered. The formation of constitutional psychology will contribute to a deeper understanding of problematiques on the edge of psychology and law fields, will facilitate extensive empirical research aimed at studying a wide spectrum of psychological phenomenology, which reflects actual constitutional-legal relations in personal mind. The results of this work will serve as a basis for meeting objectives of the national constitutional-legal development.

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Keywords: psychology, law, constitution, branches of psychological knowledge, legal psychology, constitutional psychology.

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Anichkin E.S., Kashirskiy D.V. Constitutional Psychology as a Field of Scientific Knowledge and Cultural Phenomenon [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2019. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 130–140. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2019090209. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Evgeny S. Anichkin, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Labor, Environmental Law and Civil Procedure, Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education "Altai State University", Barnaul, Russia, e-mail:

Dmitry V. Kashirskiy, Doctor of Psychology, Docent, Professor of Psychology Department, Russian State Social University, professor, Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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