Activity Mediation of Interpersonal Relationships: Phenomena and Subject-matter



The article is focused on the subject-matter of activity mediation of interpersonal relationships. In contrast with functional-role and personal-emotional ones it is deter-mined by orientation of people's activity towards “universal “I” and by logic of the “object”. Levels-layers of intragroup relationships determined by the goal of collaborative activity, personal-business relationships, private emotional-personal relation-ships are described. The reasons for qualitative difference between activity-mediated relationships in a collectivity and activity-mediated relationships in a corporation as well as the potential of activity-mediated relationships to “warm up” private emotional relationships in a group are analyzed. Phenomena and peculiarities in life of a group revealed by the author of activity mediation theory are related to categories of transactional analysis and the other systems of counseling psychology. That gives the way to the special — personological — approach to the further research.

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Keywords: interpersonal relationships, collective, layers of group relationships, activity mediation, collectivist self-determination, value orientations unity, reference, co-participation, empathy.

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Petrowskiy V.A. Activity Mediation of Interpersonal Relationships: Phenomena and Subject-matter. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2011. Vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 5–16. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Vadim A. Petrowskiy, Doctor of Psychology, professor, Personality Psychology Chair, ordinary professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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