Mykola Papucha
Mykola Gogol State University in Nizhyn
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The article substantiates that a person’s inner world is precisely the world, which means a single and structured formation existing and developing according to its own logic and laws. It is an integral world, not just a set of various psychological and psychical qualities, states, processes and properties. By no means it is not the result of external world reflection, although creates with the latter a complex and very contradictory unity, mediated and, undoubtedly, personal. On the other hand, a person’s inner world is not just her/his own Self; the latter actually should be recognized as a non-researchable object of the modern psychology (expressions like «I have my inner world», «That’s my inner world» etc. will be quite adequate, but not «I am my inner world»). Vice versa, the most meaningful, contradictory and yet incomprehensible problematic clusters appear exactly in the domain of relations between the concepts of “Self” and “inner world”. The article proves that Self is neither an agent nor an object of a personality as well as his/her inner world. The only thing that can be said about it now, that Self interacts in some way with such mega-entities as personality and consciousness, but it’s impossible to tell exactly how. The article notes that inner world is a structured integral entity; this structuring is life-long, thus exactly a personality of a person is an agent of the most structuring acts (some of them, in our view, take place unconsciously).

The idea of development and emergence allows us to track dynamics and details of human inner world formation, thus to provide a more adequate picture of its structure and functioning. Undoubtedly, a story of two loving people takes place in the external world, in outer life worlds of each of them. And inner life worlds of these people are not separated from each other as well as from the external world; they are united and form some kind of unity. At a particular stage of their life, their love becomes not enough for them, love stops to be completed and requires such completion. This completion (this “a peak experience”, as A.Maslow would say) is their implementation (integral implementation!) into each other till a result, such as a common creation, a new human being, a person. This process can be unfolded differently. As V.V. Davydov said, it can be the following: at first, there is an idea, a concept, desire and it already is the origin of a child’s inner world (as Plato stated, ideals can exist objectively). And it also can be differently: love passion (if it is a true love) in each of two loving beings has a periodic tendency to sharp increases. It is mobilization of all vital forces in order to get at the highest point a creative-generative experience. And such “creation” of a human personality is the absolute best that people can do (but they can do it without talking, just loving each other simply and truly). Exactly in this moment all forces of these two people - physical, spiritual, moral and psychological – are activated and united in unprecedented manner, combining into a creation of love, into emergence of a child.


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