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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Psychotherapy as a method of humanitarian cognition in the light of the methodology of L.S. Vygotsky 1285


Kubarev V.S.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology of Work and Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Omsk State Technical University, Russia

In the article the author attempts to make a methodological interpretation of psychotherapy as a method of humanitarian cognition, which has its special objectives, principles and conceptual constructions, different from the ones of the natural science. One of the features of humanitarian cognition is that it is directed on the subject who comprehends the various aspects of his personal being, but not on the object. Relying on methodologies developed by L.S. Vygotsky, the author formulates the main question of the article: what the method of psychology should be in order to meet two conditions. On the one hand, it should be appropriate for subject (not object) comprehending his personal being. On the other hand, it should allow comprehending the being hidden behind the phenomenon. Productive amplification of consciousness based on the principles of development and sign-symbolic mediation is considered to be a version of such a method. The author pays special attention to the phenomenological aspect of the method and especially to the position of the inner observer. In the course of the analysis, psychotherapy is proved to be a method of productive amplification of consciousness which is a specific tool of cognition in humanitarian science.

Keywords: psychotherapy, humanitarian cognition, method of productive amplification of consciousness, semantic structures

Column: To the 120 anniversary since the birth of L.S. Vygotsky


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