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ludic competence
ludic position
holy fool

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The article purpose: to describe in specific terms and enrich the psychological structure of fugitive as a component of playfulness / ludic competence on the basis of theoretical, methodological and empirical research.
The study results has allowed us to make the following conclusions: 1) based on the analysed using of the “fugue” word in the scientific discourses in different fields, we have assumed that “fugue” was used by the Japanese colleagues for one of the of playfulness scales as a paronym of “fugitive”; 2) by generalization of dictionary definitions, we have determined the need to replace the term “fugue” as a component of playfulness with “fugitive”; 3) the distinguished and described levels of playfulness in examined literature, video content and cases allowed us to rethink the content of fugitive and to articulate such a component as the ability to “acquire” a new identity through simulation of feigned states; 4) an “acquired” new identity determines the genre specification of “Holy Fool” ludic position: on the one hand, the variability of its cognitive, affective, behavioural manifestations (in general) and verbal and non-verbal characteristics (in particular), and on the other hand, the stereotyped behaviour imitating the “symptoms” of feigned states; 5) the criteria for the development of fugitive can be: a high level of playfulness, tolerance for uncertainty, openness to new experience, resistance to shame, creativity, the ability for self-observation, an aggressive style of humour.
We define fugitive, a component of playfulness, as an ability to “acquire” a new identity through simulation of feigned states, for example, another intellectual level - genius / stupidity / insanity; another stage of moral development; altered states of consciousness - alcoholic (or narcotic) intoxication / trance / ecstasy; a state with a reduced / absent response to the world around us - sleep / fainting / death. At the same time, feigned behaviour reflected by a player him/herself and observed by Other is aimed at enhancing the sense of identity.
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