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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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To the Issue of Psychological Features of the Actor's Personality Development: the Experience of Typological Analysis 361

Sobkin V.S.
PhD in Psychology, Director of the Centre of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

Lykova T.A.
PhD in Psychology, leading researcher, Institute of Education Management of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

We present the results of the study of the actors’ personality development psychological characteristics. It was hypothesized that the analysis of the similarities between individual profiles of student-actors can reveal personal typological features at the stage of selection and training in theatrical college. Sample: students of the theatre college, 129 students at the beginning and 117 — at the end of the 1st year, 64 — second year, 54 — third year, and 41 — fourth year students. Methods: R. Cattell’s 16 Personality Factors Test. Results: we identified personal characteristics that manifested themselves at the stage of admission to college and inhibited successful professional development: rejection of authorities, desire to dominate, refusal to cooperate and work together. Cluster analysis revealed four personal types of student-actors related to theatrical roles. The following strategies of pedagogical influence manifested in the process of work with college students: individualization of training, transfer of professional knowledge through senior students. Conclusions: the study proved the efficiency and feasibility of using the method of cluster analysis and typological approach in the study of acting talent.

Keywords: actor’s talent, actor’s psychology, role, personality typology, personality traits, Cattell test, cluster analysis

Column: Workshop and methods


For Reference


This work was supported by Russian Foundation for basic research, grant №18-013- 00805 А «Features of personal change and professional socialization in the development of the acting profession».

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