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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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On substantiation of a notion «personally significant choice» 1780


Filonik M.S.
Research Fellow, Federal Institute for Educational Development, Moscow, Russia

The article discusses the problem of choice, both from practical and theoretical points of view. The goal is to substantiate a notion of “personally significant choice”, which, on the one hand, outlines an empirical entity, and on the other, it is embedded into the academic tradition of cultural activity approach used here as methodological basis. The notion of “personally significant choice” is set apart from somewhat similar notions as “choice of living”, “critically important choice”, “conceptual choice”, “personal choice”, “existential choice”. Substantiating the notion, a series of theoretical constructs is used, developed within the framework of psychology of meaning by D. A. Leontiev – such as the model of structural organization of personality; and multiregulatory model of personality explicating different human behavioral patterns. Furthermore, the connection is viewed between personally significant choice and the conceptual system of human behavior regulation, i.e. individual level of relationships with the world. Productivity of using psychology of affection by F.E.Vassilyuk is supported for studying the process of personally significant choice.

Keywords: choice, personally significant choice, personality, affection, meaning, procedure of choice

Column: Psychology of People with Special Needs

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