The Problem of Dialogical Personality in the Context of Modern Psychotechnology



The paper focuses on variations in understanding of personality in psychology and on the absence of the very category of personality in the modern Russian psychological practice. It aims to clarify the category of personality in the context of modern psychotechnical approach taking into account the key criteria of psychotechnicity, for instance, dialogicality. An assumption about the general pattern of overcoming all critical situations, including those of impossibility of emotional experience, is reviewed. The paper also outlines the key characteristics of personality and stresses the importance of working with personality — and, therefore, the need to acquire proper representations about this category. It explores the issue of the genesis of personality in cultural-historical psychology and associated fields and defines the general mechanism of development through interiorization. With several basic concepts of personality as examples, the paper concludes that personality can hardly thought of as something that exists within an isolated individual. Thus are introduces the notions of 'cumulative subject', 'step of personality development' and 'angle of meaning deflection'.

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Keywords: personality, dialogicality, cumulative subject, psychotechnology, personality development, step of personality development, angle of meaning deflection, critical situation, emotional experience, activity

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Zhelyabin A.V. The Problem of Dialogical Personality in the Context of Modern Psychotechnology . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 134–149. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2015060310. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anton V. Zhelyabin, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, PhD student at the Chair of Individual and Group Counseling, Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education; business coach and freelance consultant, Moscow, Russia, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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