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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Spiritual Health as a Dynamic Characteristic of Individuality 1786

Danilenko O.I.
Doctor of Cultural Studies, Professor at the General psychology chair of the St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

The article grounds the productivity of using the notion of «spiritual health» for indicating of the phenomena described in psychological papers as «personal health», «psychological health» etc. The author argues that it is necessary to consider cultural context to define characteristics of a spiritually healthy person. The notion of spiritual health is suggested to be a dynamic characteristic of individuality. The four criteria of spiritual health are figured out: availability of life goals that constitute meanings; accordance of one's activity with sociocultural requirements and natural environment; feeling of subjective well-being; positive prognosis. It is shown that traditional and modern cultures create drastically different conditions for developing and maintaining of spiritual health according to the above-listed criteria. Preservation of spiritual health under modern conditions implies an individual's activity in the process of solving a range of psychohygienic tasks. The role of all the individuality's sub-structures in maintaining and strengthening a person's spiritual health is emphasized.

Keywords: spiritual health, cultural context, individuality, criteria of spiritual health, psychohygienic tasks, principles of spiritual health preservation, human inner world.

Column: Theory and Methodology

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