The Phenomenon of «Resources»: Stages and Situations of Actualization of Environment Conditions as Resources

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The paper explores the phenomenon of «resources»: psychological mechanisms of actualizing the subject’s «internal conditions» and «external conditions» as resources, levels of activity and interaction of the subject in the «subject – environment» system, a measure of intensity of these interactions and possibilities of accumulating their «critical mass», people’s mental states resulting from «subjectgenerating» interactions and conducive to generating resources. The paper analyses results of theoretical and empirical research of the subject’s activity and interactions of agents of co-operation. It is established that: 1) the least researched questions in the study of resources are psychological mechanisms of actualizing conditions of the subject’s internal and external environment as resources; 2) there are three distinct ways of reasoning in understanding and defining of the processes of actualizing conditions as resources: extensive integration of different problem-solving tools; a person’s mobilization of his/her capabilities (physical, mental, spiritual) in an emergency; actualization of new conditions of internal and external environment, formation of new psychic structures, reorganization of psychic structures; 3) well-substantiated theoretical ideas about psychological mechanisms of actualization of resources in real life with real-life interpersonal relations bear upon only very infrequent forms and unique situations of interaction between agents of cooperation; 4) the types of interactions that are the most fertile for actualization of the subject’s internal and external environment conditions as resources, may be not short-term or formal ones, but long-term and profound interpersonal and intersubject interactions between people oriented towards major professional achievements (e.g. the «coach – athlete dyad in sports», «mentor – apprentice» in art and science, «consultant – client» in psychotherapy, etc.); 5) methodological contours of the «minor theory» of generation of resources remain unclear so far.

DOI: 
10.18500/2304-9790-2017-6-1-15-22
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