Human environments as a source of stress and a resource to overcome it: returning to the psychology of everyday life

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: professor
Affiliation: Higher School of Economics National Research University
Address: Moscow, Myasnitskaya St., 20, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 40 issue 5

The central idea of the article is the argument that the human environments may be not only a source of stress but also a resource for individual’s self-help. It is shown how two scientific areas discovered to the Russian scholars by Ancyferova’s work, namely, everyday life psychology and coping psychology, develop and interact in the contemporary psychology. It is proved that the understanding of the person’s self-organization is possible only if those environments in which the person’s daily life is realizing would be to the analysis added, and this approach to the human functioning is eco-friendly, idiographic and optimistic. The main stages of the formation of the everyday life psychology as an eclectic direction formed under the influence of psychoanalysis, anthropology, existential philosophy, and behaviorism are analyzed. Having generalized research on person-environment fit, the Person-Environment Fit Approach to Stress by R. Harrison et al. and the Socio-Ecological model by B. Little, considering environment as a factor of quality of life, are presented. It is concluded that it would be efficiently, to use the recovery potential of basic human environments is made, taking into account individual’s personality.

Keywordshuman environments, psychology of everyday life, person-environment fit, stress, resource, coping, self-help techniques
AcknowledgmentThis work was supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project № 9-013-00216).
Publication date04.09.2019
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