Web Institute of Higher Psychology

Expand borders of psychology

russian.jpg

 

Institute

 

Founder

 

Contact us

 

School of Higher Psychology

Departments

Centre for Applied Higher Psychology

For Individuals

For organizations

For Society as a Whole (Social Programs)

1-Higher Psychopneumatology

4-Sociopsychotechnics and Sociopsychotherapy 

7-Constructive Psychology

Assessment of the Status of Spiritual Development

Assessment and Development

Healing Collective Psychotraumas

2-Psychology of Spiritual Development

5-Psychology of Historical Development

8-Constructive Cognitive Omadopsychology

Help in Overcoming Spiritual Crises

Systems Supporting Decision-Making

Development of Society through Personal Development of its Members

3-Sociopsychology

6-Psychotheology

9-Agaposophy

Spiritual Education and Consulting

 

Organizing the Society of Future

 

What is Higher Psychology?

Phenomenology of Higher Psyche

States of mind differ one from other by informative complexity that is by quantity of elements of the world and relationships between them, which are reflected in this state. Thus, we may speak about the lower, simpler states of mind and about the higher, more complex ones. In particular, the states of mind, which exist a long times – say, years as a long activities like self-education, are more complex than the states, which exist a short time, as moods, cognitive operations etc.

Historically, the psychology has dealt with simple, lower states. They are more researchable "scientifically" in the framework of Cartesian paradigm. However, at the same time, study of these "blocks" although is necessary but does not allow seeing all "building" as a whole. Psychology of personality chooses as its subject more complex "mental things", but was forced to sacrifice in significant degree the academic demands to scientific research, to become practically useful. However, even the subject of the psychology of personality, i.e. style features of behaviour, personal traits, unconscious psycho-energetic, psychodynamic elements of psyche, self-consciousness etc, only rare lift to what constitutes the highest level of psyche – to most informatively complex, informatively rich mental phenomena. These phenomena constitute the subject of "most high", higher psychology.

Among these are for example an inspiration and a highest creativity, an intuition and a conscience (in the meaning of the ability to receive irrational knowledge about what is right without appealing to moral norms; this ability is called in Russian "sovest' "), highest aesthetic and religious feelings, highest forms of altruistic or "platonic" love, a wisdom (or "super-rational intellect"), a feeling of fate.

Besides, these phenomena include the collective content of psyche: common views, common attitudes, common activities (including common production of culture) of the different groups the individual belongs to. Among the last the common activity in Internet plays important role.

To understand the phenomena of higher psychology we must revise the ontological views constituting the base of modern science. The understanding of the world as self-organized system of material particles, which produces the ideal essences while becoming more complex, does not allow understanding the phenomena of higher psychology.

 

Subject and Tasks

 

The central topic of higher psychology is the late phases of spiritual development. I use the concept "spiritual" in two meanings: 1) as a characteristic of highest state of consciousness, and 2) as deliberate striving for higher states. Since any mental development increases complexity of mental states, any mental development is a spiritual development.

The subject of higher psychology is the development of the highest mental states and the highest mental processes.  In this relation higher psychology differs from developmental psychology aiming study and form "simple" mental states usually in the first years of life. Higher psychology is the psychology of late stages of mental development, which are typical in general for the mature individuals.

The study of development of higher psyche and devising methods, which stimulate and facilitate forming both individual higher phenomena and collective ones, is one part of the subject of higher psychology.  The three classes of the tasks of higher psychology are following:  

1)       How development of higher psyche does come naturally?

2)       How this natural development may be accelerated?

3)       How higher psyche may be created artificially?   

Methods

The methodology of higher psychology is not elaborated yet. It is clear that the "laboratory" methods have very limited applicability in the research of higher psyche. The WIHP aims among others to create the methodology of higher psychology. This methodology includes, in particular:

1)       Observation and self-observation,

2)       Analysis of large sets of sociological data, which were collected with exploiting the advanced methodology of psychological assessment (e.g. repertory grids) and were analysed to find implicit invariants which are responsible for intergroup (inter-societal) differences.

3)       Psychotechnical constructing.

4)       Special analysis of culture and firs of all analysis of literature in different genres.

Top

Institute

School of Higher Psychology

Institute has 3 levels of programs:   masters, doctoral and postdoctoral (habilitation) in 9 directions (Departments) of Higher Psychology. WIHP unites strategically-thinking ambitious psychologists who are looking not for step-by-step academic carrier, but for a big personal contribution in psychology, for those who want not only earn living by profession and/or be greeted "Professor", but to write his name in the book of history of psychology next to the names Freund, Jung, Perls, Frankl, Rodgers, Assagioli, Levin, Wundt... 

Educational process in WIHP is distance learning in the form of research projects. In big projects a team of researchers work together. Here more experienced researchers lead younger colleagues. At the present we have no lectures and seminars. The central form of education is a dialog with tutor who is a leader of project.  

     What Institute gives the students and what not

WIHP gives:

1)       Possibility to research the most innovative, most important, revolutionary directions of the development of psychology.

2)       Highest level of excellence of research projects, scientific assistance and supervision.

3)       Informal and in the highest degree attentive and cooperative attitude of the supervisor to researchers.

4)       Some promotion of projects.

WHIP does NOT give (at least at the present):

        Financial and organizational support. Researchers have to resolve these problems themselves.

     Admission

Admission bases on interview.

Tuition fees to be determined in each case individually. .

If you have own idea in Higher psychology, WIHP may help to realize it. As a first step email us the annotation with a brief description of the goals of project. In case the project will be approved you have to be ready to provide more detailed proposal including plan, budget and sources of funding, roles etc.

     Working languages

Working languages of WIHP are English and Russian

Centre for Applied Higher Psychology

     Help individuals

Assessment of state and trajectory of spiritиal development. КWhat is your way, what is your karma, what is your equipment for spiritual alpinism and in what height you already lifted – the special methods of assessment and self-assessment help you to answer these questions.

Work with spiritual crises. The crises of meaningless, absence of love, loss of creativity, inability to understand life, leaving by God and so on and so on are unavoidable in the course of spiritual development. Sometimes to overcome them without external assistance may be difficult. The Centre may help.

Spiritual education and spiritual consulting. Here you can get the answer on your questions about new emerging philosophy, new anthropology, new psychology, new theology, new sociology, new historiosophy etc.

     Help organizations

Assessment and development.WIHP analyses the state of organization and devises the programs of further development of organizations. Like human beings, organization live own life. Sometimes this life stops and asks for a new impulse to develop. Sometimes organizations become ill and need special treatment. Centre possesses the special tools to assess state of the organization and to devise together with the clients the ways of further development.

Systems supporting decision-making.If your organization collected the big array of data, WIHP may devise for you the expert system that allows classifying new objects basing on knowledge of known precedents. This may be priceless for hospitals (differential diagnostics), banks (the problem creditors), insurance companies (problem drivers) etc.

      Help Society (Social Programs)

WIHP elaborate social programs together with governmental agencies and social, non-commercial organizations. The aim of such program is to increase the level of society's self-awareness, i.e. to assist society as a whole and its particular groups to understand themselves better and hence to act more effectively.

Healing collective psychotraumas.The main principle of such treatment is to assist as much members of society as possible to become aware of traumatic situation as completely as possible. This demands repeating and sometimes multiple re-experiencing this situation (of course without the destructive effect the original traumatic event had). 

The central methodology here is art-therapy: creating pieces of art, which reproduce the traumatic event and allow observing it with reduced identification. The goal here is to fill the cultural space of society with such models of traumatic event. The collaboration of many artists and authors is necessary here. WIHP devises recommendations on the content of pieces of writing and arts which possess healing effect.

Development of society through development of awareness of its members.When society is in crisis and cannot resolve the difficult tasks, which demand total mobilization of all its abilities, collective self-awareness needs to be activated. "Who we are?", "What is our place in the world?", "What must we do?" – WIHP devises the methodology of collective search for answers on these questions.  

Organizing society.To overcome crisis society must be well-organized. WIHP devises the methodology of building such types of organizations. Here the methodology of assessment of status of spiritual development is very important since this status determines the position of man in societal organization and in society as a whole.

 

Top

Founder

ya-2014-b

Dr. Alexander Zelitchenko, the founder. Psychologist, philosopher, historian, theologian, sociologist. Author of "Psychology of dukhovnost (of spiritual life)" (in Russian; 2 volumes: vol.1 Dukhovnost and Psychology, vol.2 The work with spiritual crises), "The scientist's conversation with the Teacher. Science and Esoterics" (translation from Russian into English), "Light of Life. History of humankind in the psychosphere of Earth, or History and Developmental Psychology of Nations", (in Russian; 3 volumes: vol.1 Fundamentals and beginnings, vol.2 Our era, vol.3 Search for the sun in the cloudy sky), "Psychology-XXI. Or XXII?.." (in English), "Comments to Gospel of Matthew. Scriptures from the point of view of psychotheology" (in Russian).

Dr. Zelitchenko's major contributions belong to five fields:

  1. Ontology and epistemology

Dr. Zelitchenko elaborated the dynamic model of united multilayer World, where different layers not simply interact, but turn one into others. All layers are material, but each of them is formed by material of own subtlety. This model eliminates contradictions between scientific and religious worldviews as well as one between idealism and materialism.

One phase of the World Process ("Cycle of the World"), where subtle worlds "give birth" to the coarse ones proves idealistic views, while another phase of the Cycle of World where the coarse "is sublimated" into the subtle proves materialistic views.

The Cycle of World consists of infinite multitude of smaller cycles, which creates World Hierarchy. Each cycle realizes its own idea, which is embodied in the first phase of cycle and transformed into the meaning of its embodiment in the second phase.

The model discloses that what we perceive as things, or beings, or ideas in reality is triads "thing-being-idea", which we ''interpret'' either as thing, or as being, or as idea depending on our point of view and the cultural tradition of interpretation for the particular triad.

Such views open door for new understanding of religious realities (and religious beings) and in significant extent removes cover of mystery from them. For example God becomes the World as a whole, which we see as a being, angels become smaller unrealized yet ideas, which we interpret also as beings etc.

One more Dr. Zelitchenko's contribution in the field of epistemology is emphasizing two-component composition of knowledge. In contrast to the views on knowledge originated in information theory, which consider knowledge as a text or a structure, the important role of personal experience in all types of knowledge (not only "empirical knowledge") is disclosed.

  1. Philosophical anthropology, Theoretical Psychology and Philosophy of Psychology

Dr. Zelitchenko introduced the "bipolar model" of human being, in which a human being bridges the material world and some subtle ones. Correspondingly, a human being possesses the different bodies for operating with these worlds, from which the body working with the most subtle world until now is not recognized by academic science.

The systematization of the phenomena, in which higher bodies manifest themselves, resulted in elaboration the program for new scope of psychology – Higher Psychology, or Psychopneumatology, or Psychology of Dukhovnost (Russian word, which is close to and often mistranslated as 'spirituality', but does have not the same meaning at all) with its own subject of study and, what is even more important, with own applied tasks, which are often correlated with the applied tasks of classical psychology, but see the lasts from the quite different point of view. 

Tracing the development of awareness of spiritual body allows to observe the field of complex forces acting on the human being and in significant extent predetermining his fate and, what is even more important, the line of his development.

Analysis of the composition of human's mental bodies discloses the "parts", which are common for all members of society and which may be considered as a collective psyche. Some of these parts are unconscious (for the average level of development of consciousness) and may be related to Jung's archetypes. Among these archetypes, there are constitutional traits of collective psyche as well as program of development of the society. These discoveries open the new research field - sociopsychology with the almost completely new subject of study - "collective psyche".

Dr. Zelitchenko introduced both the concept "brightness of mental-spiritual state" and the scale of brightness, which measures "spiritual height" (level of spiritual development) of individuals, of society as a whole, and the things created by man. This tool provides the principally new opportunities for studying the history and especially the history of culture.  

 

  1. Theology

Studies of Scriptures of various religious traditions from the point of view of spiritual development of human being allow Dr. Zelitchenko to disclose the latent meanings of different Scriptures, which are turned out to be significantly same for different traditions. Thus, for example, all Gospels tell about the goal, principles and method of the spiritual development.

  1. Philosophy of History

Dr. Zelitchenko elaborated the methodology of empirical study of the spiritual height of both existing societies and the societies, which existed in the history a long ago. The theoretical basis of this methodology is the fact of transfer of the brightness of spiritual state of creator on his creation. Thus, we have possibility to reconstruct the brightness of people living many centuries ago through the brightness of things they made.

Exploring this methodology in near 30 expeditions around almost all significant regions of the Cultural History, Dr. Zelitchenko reconstructed the picture of History as a history of human spiritual development.

Extremely important role in this picture play "Flashes" - relatively short periods repeated periodically approximately once in 500 years, which activate extraordinary the peoples and result in revolutionary rise of creativity and birth of new culture (Dr. Zelitchenko uses term "metacultures"). A metaculture goes through the different stages of its life, which lasts about 2000 years.

Such reconstruction continues the line of historiosophic (or metahistorical) thought started in the works of Oswald Spengler, Lev Gumilev and Daniil Andreev.

In accordance with Dr. Zelitchenko, today we are living at the eve of new Flash.

  1. History of culture and religions

The analysis of brightness of different cultures and religions discloses their different roles in the history: each of them develops the peoples of different spiritual height lifting the humankind to the next level of spiritual development. This allows introducing the concept "rank of culture (religion)" and seeing the overall History as a Pyramid, where the lowest level is occupied by many cultures (and religions) of lower rank, and the higher level of Pyramid the less cultures (religions, or quasi-religions) belong to this level.

 

To contact WIHP email:

contact (at) higher-psychology.org

 

Top

The departments and the research topics

1)      Department of Higher Psychopneumatology. Psychopneumatology is the emerging part of psychology dealing with the human's spiritual experience – the mystic experience, which is studied by transpersonal psychology, and more "everyday" phenomena of love, inspiration, aesthetic feelings, conscience, search for meaning etc. Higher psychopneumatology studies the higher (upper part) of spiritual experience – its most informational rich and subjectively bright parts – their nature, their genesis, and methodology of influencing them.

The Department deals with:

a)    the language of higher psychopneumatology;

b)  its models of psyche;

c)    the broader models of the world, which are necessary for higher psychopneumatology to describe its subject; and

d)   the relationships between these models and conceptual systems, on the one hand, and more traditional for academic psychology ones, on the other.

The models of both psyche and the world in the base of psychopneumatology are quite different from ones accepted in traditional psychology because they include such concepts as a spirit and a spiritual world. Moreover, to distinguish the low spiritual states from high ones, the conceptual systems of psychopneumatology includes the foreign for English-language culture concepts like Russian "dukh", "dukhovnost", "sovest", which cannot be translated into English without deforming their meanings.

The principal innovation in our views on psyche is that unconscious part of psyche now is considered consisting of two separate parts – subconscious psyche and super-conscious psyche, which consist of very different by their nature content.

Masters

Duration of projects is up to 1 year; 1 researcher; the volume of dissertation is 80,000-200,000 characters

Doctors

Duration of project is up to 3 years; 1 researcher; possible supervision of up to 3 Master-level projects,  the volume of dissertation is 300,000-400,000 characters

Postdoctoral (Habilitations)

Duration of project is up to 7 years; up to 10 researchers; possible supervision of up to 3 doctoral level research and/or up to 7 Master-level researches, the volume of dissertation is 500,000-700,000 characters

1-1-1 Explanatory potential of the unipole model of psyche (environment – individual) and the bipole model (environment - individual –God) in respect of phenomena of inspiration and conscience?

Goal: Comparison of the explanatory potential of the classical model of psyche (psyche is the essence which determines behaviour on organism, surrounded by environment) with one of bipole model (psyche bridges the physical environment with the spiritual world) in respect of phenomena inspiration and conscience. 

Method: Analysis of explanatory potential of the existing psychological theories of both phenomena above – what they fail to explain. Applying bipole model to these phenomena and constructing corresponding theories. Devising the plan of further verifying these theories including their applications in the profession.

1-1-2 Spiritual crises vs. Transpersonal crises of spiritual emergency

Goal: Comparing two types of crises in spiritual life to outlining the model that allows considering both in the one theoretical framework.

Method: Analysis psychological and non-professional literature, describing both types of crises, theoretical reflexion and modelling.

1-1-3 Work with own spiritual crises and assistance to other person to overcome his spiritual crises

Goal: Collecting, systemizing and comparing different methods of self-help and of helping others in overcoming such crises as lack of love, inability to create (“creative impotence”), dissatisfaction with yourself, meaningless, inability to answer the important questions of own inner development etc.

Method: Reflecting, recording, and systemizing own experience of spiritual crises and own inner work dealing with them. Describing OWN work helping other person to overcome his spiritual crises. Analysis of professional literature, fictions and memories describing spiritual crises and the ways of overcoming them. Systemizing the phenomena. Constructing the model that allows considering both types of psychotechnical work in the same theoretical framework.

1-1-4 Concept of “essence” of Gurdjeff - Ouspensky and modern theories of personality

Goal: Establishing the connections between Gurdjeff-Ouspensky's concept “essence” and the conceptual system of the academic psychology of personality.

Method: The analysis of what P Ouspensky wrote about the “essence” as an antonym of “personality” in “In Search of the Miraculous” and the search in the professional literature (for example, works of Assagioli)  for close or related concepts. Devising the methods of assessment of "essence".

1-1-5 of Russian concept “dukhovnost” vs. English “spirituality”. Comparing the meanings

Goal: Devising integral semantic model of two groups phenomena: 1) phenomena described by English word “Spirituality” (for example, spiritual emergence or austral trip),  and 2) phenomena described by Russian word “dukhovnost” (духовность), as a love, a creativity, spiritual development, search for meaning etc .

Method: Systemizing phenomena and formalizing the meanings of both concepts. Devising more general conceptual system allowing to consider both group of phenomena in the same conceptual framework, basing on the philosophical conceptual systems, on the theological one, and on theory of information.

1-1-6 The place of the concept “Higher Self” in the “dramatic” models of personality (Assagioli’s psychosynthesis, the model of multiple selves of Gurdjeff-Ouspensky, partly classical psychoanalysis, Berne’s transactional analysis and others)

Goal: To embed the concept “Higher Self” in theories of personality and theories of self-consciousness.

Method: Comparative analysis of professional knowledge of sub-personalities, ego, Self and Selves. Systematization of this knowledge. Analysis of non-professional (theological, esoteric etc) literature on “Higher Self”. Comparing phenomenon of Higher Self with other phenomena of Self and Selves in the general conceptual system that has to be preliminary designed.   

1-2-1 The structure of unconscious: subconscious and superconscious

Goal: Systemizing phenomena of both types of unconscious, development of the system of concepts describing these phenomena, devising methodology for study of these phenomena and empirical approbation of this methodology. The central aims in the study of superconscious are: idea of individual, idea of collective entities individual belongs to like nations, confession etc, individual and collective karmas, trajectory of life and fate, talents, conscience, aesthetic feelings, inspiration etc.

Method: Collecting data from diverse sources. Determining the significant traits of the phenomena which allow to classify them and to distinguish them from other phenomena. Determining the system of observable manifestations of the phenomena in study. Devising scales, standards of descriptions etc. Elaborating the standardized procedures of assessment.

1-2-2 Psychotherapy, counselling, couching and spiritual psychotechnics

Goal: Distinguishing methods of spiritual psychotechnics from other form of professional psychotechnics; systemizing known methods of spiritual psychotechnics; determining the general principles of constructing new methods; and testing these principles. 

Method: Comparative analysis of general methodology and specific methods of different approaches. Analyzing non-psychological literature, first of all, religious practices (Christian ascetics, Sufi, Zen Buddhists and others). Generalization of finding. Constructing/probing new methods of spiritual psychotechnics. Evaluating their effectiveness.

 

1-3-1 General principles of adaptation by psychology phenomena, concepts and ideas from "foreign" sources (religious texts, fictions, and other types of literature)

Goal: Professional psychology is relatively young – 150 years. But humankind collect psychological knowledge thousands years: in philosophical literature, in religious ones, in fictions etc. How this knowledge may be adapted by professional psychology? 

Method: Devising methodology for mining psychological knowledge from non-psychological texts: extracting phenomena and methods, formalizing descriptions of phenomena, determining traits allowing classification of phenomena, forming new concepts, generalizing methods and so on. Probing devised methodology on 2-3 large collections of text (for example, texts of Christian Fathers, texts of sufis etc).  

1-3-2 Embedding concept "karma" in psychology

Goal: The concepts "karma" and "reincarnation" (rebirth) are extremely important, since without them we cannot understand nether the in-born differences between people, nor the character of the mental development in one lifetime. From the very early months of life we see the very different peoples. And their late fates also cannot be explained naturally without realizing that they come in human existence with different "baggage". However both concepts are rather foreign for the naively materialistic psychology. How may they be adapted?

Method: Analysis of the philosophical foundations of psychology. Systemizing of Western reflections of karma including one of psychologists (Jung, Karl Potter, Harold Coward, Christopher Chapple among others). Differential psychological analysis of first months-years of life – the first manifestations of abilities and personal traits as a spring, which motives individual life. Analysis of life experience, from which a sense was extracted, as an end of karmic knot. Analysis of unfinished actions as psychological manifestations of karma – begin of karmic knots.

1-3-3 From psychology to psychosophy

Goal: Determining the difference between knowledge and wisdom and study of development of knowledge into wisdom on the example of psychological knowledge.

Method: Analysis of both the structure (elements of knowledge and relationships between elements) and the complexity of different types of psychological knowledge. Developing the methodology for raising complexity of different types of knowledge and for artificial forming wisdom. This methodology has to include in particular the methods of assessment of complexity of knowledge.

 

Top

 

 

2)      Department of Psychology of Spiritual Development. The main topics of psychopneumatology are a spiritual development and methodology of influencing it. The main problems Department deals with are:

a)   spiritual development and mental development,

b)  laws of spiritual development,

c)   methodology of help and self-help in spiritual development.

 

2-1-1 The methods of development of self-awareness

Goal: Devising methods of stimulating self-awareness

Method: Psychotechnical constructing of at least 3 methods and testing them on sample of at least 3 persons.

2-1-2 Normal and pathological personal development

Goal: Introducing in the developmental psychology the conceptpathological personal development” in the meaning of A. Lazursky’s “Classification of personalities”

Method: The theoretical reflexion of phenomena of pathological personal development in comparison with normal personal development in both pathopsychological (psychiatrical) perspective and in social one. Devising hypotheses about the reason of abnormality of personal development (social conditions, heredity, karma etc) and planning further research.

2-1-3 Obstacles for spiritual growth (negative karma) and methods of work with them

Goal: Analysis of the causes why the spiritual development stopped and devising the methodology and the specific methods of assistance in resuming spiritual development

Method: Systematizing phenomena of interruption of spiritual growth basing on analysis of professional literature, memories, fictions etc. Analysis of the causes of interruption, including one in the term "negative karma". Devising and probing methods of activating spiritual works (not less than 2 methods and not less than 2 clients). 

2-1-4 Overcoming opinions as a middle phase of  spiritual growth

Goal: Investigation of the phase of spiritual development, which is connected with the active thinking and revising own opinions: what are its prerequisites, what are the characteristics of the process of revision, what factors affect it, and what phase of spiritual growth replaces it.

Method: Self-reflexion, Interviewing, "natural experiment". Not less than 5 respondents.

2-1-5 Personal traits as steps of spiritual development

Goal: Investigation of the personal traits (stylistic specific characteristics of mental life), which is changed in the course of spiritual development

Method: Interview and questionnaires, including the "retrospective" mode of administration – "Imagine that you are 5 years younger than you are now. How did you answer these questions?"  Not less than 5 respondents of the complex multiscale investigation. 

 

2-2-1 Methodology for assessing spiritual development

Goal: Devising standard methods of assessment of the state of spiritual development.

Method: Devising the technical language for description of states of spiritual development. Determining the system of empiric indicators for assessing the descriptors of state of spiritual development. Devising the scales and psychometric testing of them.

2-2-2 Trajectories of spiritual development: way of aesthete, way of mystic, way of thinker, way of creator, way of practician

Goal: Some ways of spiritual development are described in the esoteric literature, for example by P. Ouspensky. Some others are known from everyday observations. What inner "variables" determines the way a person moves?

Method: In depth research of personal situation and personal status of spiritual seekers. Not less than 20 respondents. Constructing the model that allows describing the collected material

2-2-3 Development of sensitiveness of moral hearing – recognition of the voice of conscience ("sovest")

Goal: Adaptation in the system of psychology the Russian concept "sovest". This concept is close to English "conscience", but the one meaning of Russian "sovest" has a very important difference: this is almost mystical inner voice that has nothing in common with interiorized moral norms of society. Thus, sometimes sovest dictates behavior against moral norms of society, but nevertheless an individual has a firm feeling that he behaves correctly not only at the moment of action but and later. On the other hand, the complexes of guilty are not formed at all as it happens in other cases of immoral behavior and in cases of moral behavior against voice of sovest.

Method: Collecting and in depth investigation (interview, longitude, complex analysis of individual psychological status etc) of the phenomena where behavior is immoral, but nevertheless is right in terms of pragmatic and psychological consequences.

2-2-4 Controlled inspiration

Goal: Devising methodology for control of inspiration: how to experience inspiration by an author's desire.

Method: Collecting the sample of creative people (poets, composers etc). Interviewing with the aim to describe the mental states where inspiration arises and the states when a creative person wants inspiration but fails to experience this. Devising the natural experiment to produce inspiration deliberately.

2-2-5 Causes and functions of spiritual degradation. Degradation as a phase of spiritual development

Goal: Introducing in the developmental psychology the concept "spiritual degradation", determining the function of degradation in development and the reasons which lead to spiritual degradation. 

Method: Systematizing phenomena of degradation. Determining relationships of concept "degradation" with concept "development". Interviewing the people with the experience of overcoming visual degradation and transforming it into development. Psychotechnical work with the people which are in the different phases of degradation with a goal to facilitate their inner work and to help them overcoming degradation more efficiently.

 

2-3-1 Professional control of spiritual development

Goal: Devising methodology of intentional spiritual development.

Method:  Devising the system of indicators describing the level of spiritual development. Devising methodology for assessment of these indicators as a state of spiritual development as a whole. Devising the methodology for intervention in the process of spiritual development in the different phases of the process: education, activating self-cognition, development of self awareness etc..

2-3-2 Karma as a factor determining trajectory of mental development

Goal: Acquisition of new experience, including new skills, new knowledge etc, and extracting meaning from existing experience are 2 main lines of mental development. Bringing new life tasks, karma stimulate mental development. The main goal of this research program is devising methodology for describing the life way in general and the trajectory of mental development in particular and describing the factors, which determine this trajectory. .

Method: Devising methodology for assessment of individual karma (including abilities, motives, personal traits, unfinished actions, living plans and so on). Devising methodology for assessment of personal life situation (including external factors affecting individual behavior). Devising the methodology for assessment of the set of features, which describe the state of mental development (individual model of world: personal experience, views, values etc; mental skills; individual mental style etc). Systemizing the processes of transforming mental states (development of views, replacing one view by other, forming new skills, reflection and meaning-extracting, birth of new ideas, resolving cognitive dissonances etc.) Study of the process of birth new life task. 

2-3-3 Methodology of lifting upper border of consciousness in the different stages of spiritual development

Goal: Devising methodologies for deliberate self-cognition in making conscious what were in super-conscious.

Method:  Constructing procedures of raising the complexity (information capacity) of consciousness. These procedures may include for example sequential raise of complexity problems one is able to resolve, informing about content of superconscious ("Idea of Self") and stimulating interest to discovery of this content, teaching more and more complex professional knowledge, etc.

 

 

Top

 

 

3)      Department of Sociopsychology and Omadopsychology. Sociopsychology is a science of group psyche, i.e. the system of mental structures, which are common for all members of group (including big groups like nations). Group psyche in general and in particular psyche of nation constitute the part of individual psyche of each member of group. It is easy to see 3 layer of group psyche: 1) group subconscious constituted first of all by traces of collective psychotraumas; 2) group consciousness – common knowledge, views, attitudes, feelings, style of behavior, which distinguish members of group from strangers, and 3) group superconscious – idea (fate) of group that becomes gradually recognized by the group's members. Sociopsychology studies composition of collective psyche, the character of its components, their relationships with other mental structures, their functions, their life and development, the differences between psyches of different nations (differential sociopsychology) and so on.

Discovery of group psyche change crucially the paradigm of social psychology: instead of a set of separate individuals, we see a group now as tree-like (or even "octopus-like") organism, where individuals are united by common soul and in some sense rise from common soul. This lead us to introducing one more concept – psyche of group, complex essence that include both group psyche (collective soul) and individual "parts" of psyches of group's members. The science studying psyche of group is omadopsychology (from Greek ομάδα – group).

Classical social psychology deals with the part of subject of omadopsychology. This is why omadopsychology may be considered as generalization of social psychology.

3-1-1 Russian and American styles of thinking

Goal: Comparison of 2 styles of thinking. What problems are they trying to solve? What methods of solutions do they use? What basic "axioms" do exist in these two cultures? What logics (logical rules) do people of 2 cultures use?

Method: Comparative semantic analysis of Russian and English texts dealing with the same problem (newspapers' articles, blogs, comments in social networks). Artificial provocation of discussions between representatives of 2 cultures and semantic analysis of 2 logics.

3-1-2 Quantitative and qualitative differences in differential sociopsychology

Goal: Determining the group of characteristics, which distinguish quantitatively one cultures (e.g. "more kind", or "more ironical" etc), and the group of the qualitative differences between cultures, i.e. the traits, which present in one culture but is absent in others.

Method: The lexicographic analysis of the thesauruses of personal traits in minimum 2 different cultures (languages) and detecting the concepts, which cannot be translated in other languages without significant deformation of their meanings (e.g. "dukhovnyy" or "obschitelnyy" in Russian).    

 

3-2-1 Methodology of research of archetypes, which are responsible for uniqueness of nations' psyches ("ideas of nation", historical cultural functions of nations)

Goal: Developing the language for description of superconscious mental structures, which are responsible for cross-national mental differences, operationalizing these hidden structures and devising the methods of revealing them.

Method: A posteriori historical, cultural, literature analysis of the products of culture of Ancient civilization, Islam civilization, modern Western civilization, Chinese civilization, Russian culture etc (2-3 by choice of researcher) with the aim to determine the differences between them. Constructing hypotheses about the nature of these differences. Devising methods, which allow assessing such archetypes in individual mind. Testing these methods.

3-2-2 Transpsychosemantics of big groups

Goal: Search for trans-semantic structures of collective mind which are responsible for the ways of searching (extracting) meaning specific for these big groups (nations etc).

Method: Research for what in meaning-making processes is specific for big group but is common for big group's members. Operationally, the search for latent invariants in the matrices of relationships between the objects, the meaning of which respondents are seeking for (e.g. search of latent invariants in Kelly's repertory grids).  

3-2-3 Language for describing psyche of group and its development

Goal: Devising language for formal describing state of psyche of group. Description of state of psyche of the group has to include descriptions of all individual psyches constituting psyche of group. Each individual description has to include data of status of development of individual and of character of this development, about his own personal trajectory of development. Thus, the language must allow describing dynamics of development of each member of group.

Method: Modelling development of group as a system of individual developments. Elaborating the system of parameters describing status of development. Devising and testing methodology for evaluating state of group.

3-3-1 Differential sociopsychology – language of descriptions of differences between psyches of different nations

Goal: Devising the vocabulary and the principles of syntax for the language of differential sociopsychology.

Method: Devising the typology of psychical differences between different nations – what different nations do differently. Systemizing the differences between the 3-5 nations, chosen by researcher as exemplary. Linguistic analysis of languages with the goal of determining the group of concepts which cannot be translated into other languages without significant deformation of sense. Determining "markers" – words describing the key components of nation's idea. Trans-psychosemantic analysis of latent meaning-making mental tools used by different nations. Analysis of finding in cross-cultural differences of values made by Schwarz and colleagues with the goal of search latent cross-cultural differences, which are responsible for observable differences between the nations.

3-3-2 Methodology for research of collective super-consciousness of big groups

Goal: Devising methodology for research of the latent mental essences, which are shared by all members of big group (nation, confession etc). Most obvious such essences are common motives of common activities and common ways of meaning-making in interpretation of events. Less known essence is a program of common life of big group, including the terminal goal of group and the sequence of group actions. This program may be also called "a group's destiny".

Method: Operationalizing the central concepts of the topic through the concepts "common values", "common goals", "structure of values (goals)", "meanings of structure (system) of values (goals)". Meta-linguistic analysis with the aim of revealing semantic structures which are specific for this nation or for this group of nations (super-nation, or civilization). Devising socio-psychological methods and their testing in field work.  

Top

 

 

4)      Department of Sociopsychotechnics and Sociopsychotherapy. The methodology of influencing group psyche forms a special field of sociopsychology. Group psyche develops like individual psyche does, but of course big groups like nations, classes, confessions develop much slowly. And as it is in development of individual psyche, there are "mental things", collective psychotraumas which hinder the development of group psyche, on the one hand, but at the same time they serve as a fuel for its development, on the other. The special methodology is needed to assist development of group psyche, to activate it, to remove the obstacles and so on. Elaborating such methodology is a main task of sociopsychotechnics. Important place here is occupied by sociopsychotherapy - the methodology of healing collective psychotraumas through expanding collective self-awareness of big groups.

4-1-1 Methods of psychotechnical influence on collective psyche

Goal: Systematization of artificial methods of influencing a collective psyche (common views, common moods, common attitudes etc) as, for example, art and propaganda.

Method: Investigation of the precedents when the individual or collective actions resulted in the change of the collective soul's state. Not less than 10 precedents.

 

4-2-1 Psychotechnical work with society, which bases on the principle of chain reaction

Goal: Devising "chain reaction" methodology, when everybody who was taught to something starts himself to teach other people to this "something".

Method: Devising methodology of invention in didactic materials the elements of self-propagating knowledge, i.e. ones which content motive to teach and teaching skills. This methodology has to transform "pure" knowledge into knowledge-motive and "pure" way of action into "way of action"-motive correspondingly.

4-3-1 Art sociopsychotherapy

Goal: Devising methodology for creating artistic tools allowing big group with common psycho-trauma to experience repeatedly the traumatic event several times becoming more and more aware of traumatic event.

Method: The central place in this methodology is occupied by the methods of creating special works of art, which model the traumatic event and which allow seeing it from the different perspectives including  the point of view of enemies if the traumatic event is war, genocide etc. The methods include collecting the sample of works of art (including fictions) which possess therapeutic effect and the analysis of these works with the aim of discovery of what in them are responsible for therapeutic effect. Elaborating the methodology for assessment of therapeutic effect of work of art in short-term perspective and in long-term one. Constructing artistic technology that allows creating therapeutic works of art by artists with different personal traits for several types of arts. Testing methodology.

4-3-2 Chain sociopsychotherapy

Goal: Devising methodology for exponential growth of the circle of people who is healed from collective psychotrauma: "one who is healed, heal others".

Method: Devising the methodology for psychotherapy of both individuals and small groups dealing with collective psychotraumas, which is not only effectively heals traumas but also forces the former clients to become therapists themselves and to propagate the methods, which helped them, for the people. This methodology combines the features of psychotherapy, education and forming motivation to help others. The core of methods consists of deliberate repeating re-experiencing of traumatic event aiming growth of self-awareness. This combines with the reflection of what is happened in course of therapeutic work and with forming deep understanding of negative effect of collective psychotrauma and of how trauma works. Such understanding results in wish to help others. The significant part of methodology is connected with forming the therapeutic skills and individual therapeutic styles of clients-students as well as with pedagogical scills of transfering newly acquired knowledge to other people.

4-3-3 Methodology of activating collective mental life (collective creativity, collective cognition etc)

Goal: Internet creates the new ways of co-working. We need the methodology how collaborate and how to involve in this collaboration new members.

Method: Research the structure of individual creative activity and constructing the structure of collective creative activity. Systemizing the roles in creative activity: inventor of idea, elaborators of idea, critics, organizers of realization, organizers of dissemination etc. Research of motivation factors to participate in collective works and the factors preventing participations. Devising methodology removing/weakening preventing factors and facilitating positive factors. Elaborating the demands to software of social networks for collective work. 

Top

 

 

5)      Department of Psychology of Historical Development and History of Psychosphere of Earth. Historical development of humankind creates new and new civilizations and correspondingly new and new types of mentality with new abilities, new ways of perceptions of the world and the new ways of behaviour. Oswald Spengler was among the firsts who noted this dynamics. Psychology of Historical Development studies this dynamics for all 13 metacultures (civilizations), which are known to History of Psychosphere of Earth, the part of historiosophy dealing with spiritual development of humankind in the course of its historical development. 

5-1-1 Comparative psychological analysis of Christian confesses

Goal: What features of psyche (including ones of unconscious psyche) are responsible for the differences between European Catholics, European Protestants, Russian Orthodox, and Greek Orthodox? (Alteration of the list of confessions is possible).

Method: Analysis of religion literature, interview, ideally – devising special scales and objectivising the findings.

 

5-2-1 Stages of development of collective psyche: the mental specifics of peoples of Islam civilization comparing with people of Catholic civilization and people of Humanistic-pragmatic (Modern Western) civilization

Goal: Research of new cultural-determined content (new processes, styles, way of perceptions, values, motives etc), which is present in psyche of the people of younger civilizations but is absent in the psyche of peoples of older ones.

Method: Analysis of literature (fictions, religious etc) of these 3 civilizations aiming revealing the traits, which are specific for these 3 civilizations.

5-3-1 General Principles of Civilization Analysis of the content of individual psyche

Goal: Methodology for revealing the layers of cultural determined part of individual psyche, which were created by the civilizations existing now, which were created by the civilizations of the past, and ones which are creating now by the future civilizations, which are only preparing to come into existence. 

Method: Elaborating the principles of cultural psychological analysis of literature and works of art of different civilizations with the aim of revealing the differences between civilizations. Methodology of Interviewing experts. Generalized semantic differential – poles of scales are the works created in frameworks of different civilizations, e.g. John of Damascus's ''An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith" vs Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" and "Metaphysics", or Thomas Aquinas's "Summa Theologica", or Hegel's "The Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences". The poles may be also not texts, but works of other art like sculpture (e.g. David vs Apollo Belvedere or vs. Venus de Milo) or architecture (Parthenon vs. Pantheon, or vs. Notre-Dame de Paris). Forming concepts of differential sociopsychology, analysis of their inner structure, interconnections and connections with the system of known psychological concepts. Institualization of the introduced concepts. 

6)      Department of Psychotheology. Psychotheology is a border field between psychology and theology (Christian ones but not only). Since every religion directs spiritual development of its adepts in its cultural frameworks, the core of each religion is determined by its specific form of psychology of spiritual development. Psychotheology studies how the religions develop spiritually their adepts.

6-1-1 Psychology of hesychasm

Goal: Systematizing psychotechnical practices of hesychasm and devising professional psychological language for describing the results of practices of hesychasm.

Method: Analysis of literature; interview with (together with other forms of assessment of) people practicing hesychasm; systematizing the psychological concepts, which are more or less close to what is changed in the course of hesychasm practice, introducing the concepts, which will fill the semantic gaps.

6-1-2 Potential of Orthodox psychotherapy

Goal: Determining the problems orthodox psychotherapy deals with.

Method: Analysis the literature on the Orthodox psychotherapy (Hierotheos Vlahos and others), systematizing of problem Orthodox psychotherapists deal with, devising hypotheses about the mechanisms of Orthodox psychotherapy.

 

6-2-1 Alchemy as a higher psychotechnics

Goal: Alchemy, which is almost meaningless from the chemical point of view, consist a rich symbolism as a psychotechnics of development of the highest mental states ("gold", "philosophical stone" etc). The goal of this project is to disclose and to systemize this psychotechnical potential. 

Method: Analysis of alchemical literature. "Translation" the alchemical text in the language of psychology. Devising, standardizing and testing psychotechnical methodology basing on alchemy. 

6-3-1 Psychotechnical potential of Christian Fathers and its adaptation by psychology

Goal: Formalization of self-psychotechnics of Christian monks.

Method: The analysis of the large corpus of Christian literature that deals with the spiritual growth of monks. Extracting and cataloging the key concepts of this literature – constructing its vocabulary. Transforming the vocabulary into thesaurus that is disclosing the psychological meaning of the items of vocabulary. Where this will be impossible to do because of absence of necessary concept in academic psychology, the new concepts must be introduced. These "neologisms" have to be clearly determined and their relationships with known concepts have to be established.

6-3-2 Models of psyche and of mental development in Kabbalah

Goal: Systemizing psychological and psychopneumatological knowledge containing in the corpus of cabbalistic texts.

Method: Constructing psychological thesaurus of the concepts of Kabbalah. Formalizing the models of psyche in Kabbalah: the structure, functions, modus operandi (forms of life) etc. Comparing the goal of development in Kabbalah with ones of other esoteric teachings.

6-3-3 Higher psychotechnics in esoteric Buddhism (Tantra and Dzogchen)

Goal: "Translations" the esoteric Buddhism into the language of psychology and expanding the language of psychology that is necessary to make this translation possible.

Method: Lexicographical analysis of the key modern texts on Dzogchen and Tantra (ones of Namkhai Norbu, Elias Capriles and others). Constructing the models allowing to adopts the views and psychotechnical methods of esoteric Buddhism.

6-3-4 Aurobindo's psychotechnical discoveries in "Integral Yoga"

Goal: Psychopneumatological institualization of the system the higher states, processes and psychotechnical actions, which Aurobindo described in "Integral Yoga".

Method: Thematic structuring of Aurobindo's texts: detecting both the phenomena and the actions described and systemizing both types of descriptions. This work demands devising the model which allows considering all these phenomena/actions from the single point of view. Generalizing the actions described. Determining the mental states when these actions may be realized and ones when they result in the development in desirable direction. Experimental validations of Aurobindo's methodology when this is possible.

Top

 

 

7)      Department of Constructive Psychology. Term was introduced by E.Golovakha and A. Kronik. Constructive psychology is an "engineering" science of how psychology creates new cultural phenomena, which become new mental phenomena. In this meaning, Constructive psychology does not study psyche, but creates it.

7-1-1 Cultural innovation in EU and USA (post-modern society)

Goal: What new in the psyche of Europeans and Americans has aroused in last 25 years?

Method: The lexicographical analysis of neologisms, the analysis of both the cultural innovations and their reflexions in psyche. The analysis has to be made in the several mental levels – starting from the changes in personal dictionaries and up to personal changes and possibly to even upper levels of psyche. (Not less than 20 respondents.) Using social networks for search the respondents and for interviewing is highly appreciated.

7-1-2 The contribution of psychoanalysis in the culture

Goal: What changes in the culture were brought by the works of Freund and his followers?

Method: Analysis of the fate of psychoanalytic concepts ("complex", "defence mechanism", "repression", "archetype" and so on) in the culture and in psyche.

7-1-3 The potential of concept "reincarnation" in the A. Kronik's theory of psychological age

Goal: What modifications in the Kronik's theory of psychological age are introduced by the theory of personal life does not start at birth and does not finish in death?

Method: The analysis of event structure of human's life in different time ranges and in different roles (analysis of life and of age of subpersonalities).

7-2-1 The stages of transformation of professional psychological concepts into concepts of general culture

Goal: What are trajectories and stages of invention of psychological concepts into general culture? What are the social needs, which motive implementation of psychological concepts?

Method: Historical analysis of intervention of psychological concepts into culture (on examples of Freudianism and Jungian psychology). Analysis of the questions the inventions helped to resolve (basing on the analysis of corresponding literature). Devising methodology for assessment of social needs which may be fulfilled by the psychology.

7-2-2 How cognitive psychology does artificial intelligence

Goal: How cognitive psychological theories and models were used in the course of the development of artificial intelligence.

Method: Historical analysis of the relationships between the cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence as well as their mutual influence.

 

7-3-1 How psychology changed the culture during the last 150 years

Goal: Describing the main influences the development of professional psychology on general culture.

Method: Systemizing the new cultural phenomena inspired by psychology in different parts of culture: common thinking, art, industry, services etc. Determining the main factors determining success of psychology's intervention, like society's needs, "taboo topics", the needs of other sciences/technologies in psychological finding etc.

7-3-2 Methods of psychological constructing

Goal: Reflection of general principles of constructing psychological models/methods which form the means of perception, meaning-making and actions of society.

Method: Analysis of most influential psychology's impacts like Freudianism, Jungian psychology, cognitive psychology etc. from the point of view – what psychological knowledge society needs more. Constructing as a bridge between society's needs and psychological modeling. Needs-lead modeling. 

 

Top

 

 

8)      Department of Constructive Cognitive Omadopsychology. The totality of individual minds and their interconnections may be called "World Brain". Internet changed the World Brain principally putting the new research task – to teach new World Brain to think. As result on the border between computer science and cognitive psychology the new field was formed – engineering of collective knowledge, i.e. devising methodology for group thinking. Invention of Internet made the task of deliberate forming cognitive sphere of psyche of group (including such group as humankind) very practical. This task forms main problem of Department of Constructive Cognitive Omadopsychology. 

8-1-1 Sociological models in cognitive psychology and potential of Internet

Goal: How dialogical and "polilogical" theories of intellect may be applied to common intellectual activity of big group of people?

Method: Analysis of "sociological" models of intellect and devising their application to collective intellectual activity.

 

8-2-1 The factors preventing one's participation in collective cognitive activity

Goal: Research of what prevent an individual's participation in collective thinking.

Method: Experiment with inventing some collective projects and interviewing people which accept the suggestion to participate and those who reject.

8-2-2 The phases of life of idea when it is elaborated by the group

Goal: Investigation of the structure of process of group realizing idea.

Method: Case studies – investigation of the history of some idea(s), which were realized by the groups. All sources of information – from the documents of working group to the interview with the group's members – have to be used.

8-2-3 How does collective cognition change state of psyche of group?

Goal: Collective cognition does not remove the differences between the participants, but moves each of them along his personal trajectory of development. The goal of this project is is study of effect of collective cognition on the state of psyche of group in general and on the state of mind of each participant, in particular.

Method: Devising and testing methodology for evaluating state of group before and after collective cognitive activity.

8-3-1 Models of collective cognition

Goal: Elaborating the models of collective work in social networks aiming disclosing unknown knowledge or devising new knowledge.

Method: Transition of principles of cognitive psychology and especially "social-psychological" cognitive models on the collective cognitive psychology. Determining the roles and interrelationships in the process of cognition. Constructing models and testing them experimentally in the specialized networks.

Top

9)      Department of Agaposophy. Agaposophy is the system of knowledge of love in all its level: from biochemical to philosophical.

9-1-1 The levels of phenomena of love in psyche

Goal: Systemising phenomena of love with different duration – from seconds to decades.

Method: Collecting phenomena and devising formal language (language of traits) for describing phenomena of love.

9-2-1 From art of love to technology of love

Goal: Devising the methodology for developing ability to love.

Method: Analysis psychological conditions which prevent a person to love (like egoism). Systematizing these conditions. Devising the methods of assessment these conditions. Devising methodology for removing these inner barriers.

9-3-1 Agapology and Agaposophy: Love in psyche and love in World

Goal: Systemizing mental phenomena, which are called by word "a love" – feelings, attitudes, motives, states, types of behavior, and so on. Systemizing the relationships of different "loves" with other psychological "units", e.g. influence of different loves on personality traits, on mood, on cognitive style, on the composition of unconscious psyche and so on. Expanding consideration of love from psychological perspective only on the social, international and metaphysical perspectives: consideration of human love as a particular case of gravitation if we consider it as motive and particular case of care about one's wellbeing if we consider this interpersonally, socially, internationally or even theologically.

Method:  Systemizing the meanings of word "a love". Systemizing the mental phenomena, which are connected with love. Systemizing psychological researches of love. Devising multiscale inventories for assessment of "loveness" of person – the state of a person's love. Development of methodology for teaching to love on both individual level and group's one. Empiric research of benefits love brings to individuals and to groups in term of respond attitudes to them, the positive image of them in others' eyes, trust, willing to cooperate with them etc. 

Top

© WIHP, Alexander Zelitchenko, 2014