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Sokolova E.T. Shock as the result of collision with sociocultural uncertainty and ambiguity: clinical approach

Full text in Russian: Соколова Е.Т. Шок от столкновения с социокультурной неопределенностью: клинический взгляд
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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Sociocultural preconditions and personal predispositions causing modern variety of subjective ambiguity and duality phenomena are analyzed as well as connection between resource and psychopathological aspects of uncertainty and ambiguity treatment.  Specificity of modern cultural environment with its’ destructive ideals, mythologemas, manipulative political and media technologies and piercing idea of deconstruction are examined. Ways of experimental modeling of ambiguity experience and stylistic and clinical variations of ambiguity treatment are compared. Proceeding from specificity of projected anxiety’s meaning, defense mechanisms and status of self-identity, five typical ways of social and cultural ambiguity experience are defined.  From diagnostic point of view they are characterize the balance between subjective disintegration (severity level of personality disorder) and personal resource potential. The necessity of interdisciplinary approach to the process of sociocultural development and disintegration of self-identity in the context of “Self-Other” relations by methodological instruments of the allied sciences – social epistemology, clinical and social psychology is provided.

Keywords: phenomena of subjective uncertainty and ambiguity, sociocultural, personal and clinical preconditions, experimental modeling, projective paradigm, individual stylistic and psychopathological features of ambiguity experience and attitudes, borderline personality organization and psychopathology



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Received 9 December 2014. Date of publication: 29 April 2015.

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Sokolova Elena T. Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Sokolova E.T. Shock as the result of collision with sociocultural uncertainty and ambiguity: clinical approach. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 40, p. 5. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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