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Russian and American psychotherapeutic discourse: the Intent analysis

Bondarenko A.F., Korolyuk T.I. (Kiev, Ukraine)



Bondarenko A.F.

Bondarenko Alexander Fedorovich

–  is a membership of Ukraine Academy of Psychological Science, professor, chief of department in Kiev National Linguistic University, science-chief of Consultative Psychology Center, chief of module "Ethic Personalism" in Professional Psychotherapeutic League.


Korolyuk T.I.

Korolyuk Tatiana Ilinichna

–  is a postgraduate student of psychology department in Kiev National Linguistic University, assistant of Consultative Psychology Center.



Abstract. The article presents results of an Intent-Analysis of Russian and American psychotherapeutic discourse. The origins of socio-cultural differences in the content of psychotherapeutic statements are reviewed. Detailed consideration of their content and functional specificity is given. It is noted that in the appeals for psychological help Russian patients use to show their complaints related to victimized interpersonal relationships, while, the spectrum of American clients of appeals and complaints is much wider, due to the predominance of individualized and privatized style of life in Anglo-Saxon society and mentality both with judicial organization of social life. Russian world in which a thousand-year tradition of grace prevail over the law opens up many more opportunities for compassion in everyday communication with family and friends. That is why counseling and therapy in a different psychosocial context gains importance and the meaning of not so much as empathy, but as a specialized rehabilitation and therapy work. A precise analysis of functions of psychotherapeutic discourse in Russian modalities (psychocatalyses and ethical Personalism), and existential-humanistic discourse by J. F.T.Bugental is presented. In the first ones holistic approach to the sufferer prevails while in the utterances of American therapist the emphasis is on individual abstract emotions that are derived, as a rule, from the conceptual values of Protestantism and Existentialism. The need to restore Russian traditions of psychological counseling and psychotherapy is emphasized.

Key words: ethical experiences, interpersonal relationships, Intent-Analysis, psychotherapeutic discourse, psychological counseling, Russian socio-cultural traditions.





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