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Everyday psychology

Psychological knowledge as knowledge of the spiritual world of a person can have not only scientific sources. It is no accident that the words “psychology” and “psychological” are very often found in everyday life and in art.

We can distinguish at least two important types of psychological knowledge - everyday and practical psychology, which differ from scientific methods of obtaining knowledge and the criteria for its truth, as well as the features of the construction and justification of their positions.

Everyday psychology is the psychological knowledge that a person accumulates and uses in everyday life. They are usually specific and are formed in a person in the process of his individual life as a result of observation, self-observation and reflection.

People differ in terms of psychological vigilance and worldly wisdom. Some are very insightful, able to easily capture the mood, intentions or character traits of a person by the expression of their eyes, face, gestures, posture, movements, habits. Others do not have such abilities, are less sensitive to understanding the behavior, the internal state of another person.

The source of everyday psychology is not only the person’s own experience, but also the people with whom he is in direct contact.
The content of everyday psychology is embodied in folk rites, traditions, beliefs, proverbs and sayings, in aphorisms of folk wisdom, in fairy tales and songs. This knowledge is passed from mouth to mouth, recorded, reflecting the centuries-old worldly experience. Many proverbs and sayings have a direct or indirect psychological content: “There are devils in a quiet pool,” “Soft walking, but hard sleeping,” “A frightened crow and bush are afraid”, “He loves praise, honor and fame,” “Seven times measure - cut once ”,“ Repetition is the mother of learning. ” Rich psychological experience is accumulated in fairy tales.

The main criterion for the truth of knowledge of everyday psychology is their credibility and obvious usefulness in everyday life situations. The features of this knowledge are concreteness and practicality. They always characterize the behavior, thoughts and feelings of people in specific, albeit typical, situations. In this type of knowledge, the inaccuracy of the concepts used is manifested. Worldly terms are usually vague and ambiguous. Our language contains a large number of words denoting mental facts and phenomena. By the way, many of these words are similar to similar terms of scientific psychology, but less accurate in use.
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Everyday psychology

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