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Title Satisfying the Need for the Art as a Factor of Personality Psychological Wellbeing
Author(s) Elena A. Kolykhalova
About the author(s)

Elena A. Kolykhalova, leading specialist in Monitoring department of Centre for Cultural Strategies and Project Management ROSKULTPROEKT (Project Office of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation), Moscow, Russia.

DOI 10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP06
Section Socio-psychological section
Year 2019 UDK Index 17.022.1:7 Pages 62 - 71

A common classification for deficit states prior to the emergence of the aesthetic need and a technique to identify the type of this need are missing in the field of today’s psychology. The description of an individual/the art interaction is of general nature. Nobody has evaluated this interaction in terms of personality wellbeing. This paper aimed to examine these key issues using the authorial technique of theatrical tutoring tested in the focus-groups consisting of theater-goers. The classification Types of Playgoer Aesthetic Necessity developed by the author acted as a basis for shaping focus groups along the deficit states’ lines. The following findings were of interest. First, the hypothesis that the motives of visiting theaters are located in a broader continuum of human needs was confirmed. Different deficit states emerging in all ever-described in classical sociology types of human needs provoke the given aesthetic necessity. Second, a complex of emotional and cognitive skills embracing a wide range of human capabilities is shaped due to the regular interaction of an individual and the art. The formation of a set of emotional and cognitive skills necessary for consuming such benefits as the art contributes to personality psychological wellbeing in case of a systemic experience. In this case, key aspects allowing for the emergence and retention of psychological wellbeing are the enrichment of individual capabilities; accumulation of resources for selfrealization, and, as a consequence, the improvement of the quality of life, and various skills for overcoming crises. The aesthetic needs’ satisfaction results in the whole range of constructive experiences and meditations which contribute to reducing frustration.

Keywords self-cognition, emotional and cognitive skills, aesthetic needs, emotional experience, psychological security.
For citation

Kolykhalova EA. Satisfying the Need for the Art as a Factor of Personality Psychological Wellbeing. In: Perelygina EB, Zotova OYu, Drozdova AV, Tarasova LV. (eds.) Wellbeing and Security in the Face of Social Transformations: Collection of academic papers from the 10th International Symposium (Yekaterinburg, July 9–10, 2019). Yekaterinburg: Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities; 2019. p. 62–71. Available from: doi:10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP06.

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Submitted 18.10.2019
Accepted 25.11.2019