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Typological models of characters in modern psychology. Approaches to the definition of accentuations

The first attempt to classify characters belongs to Plato (4th century BC), who created a typology of characters based on ethical principles (man - worker, man - warrior and sage - philosopher). After Plato in ancient Greek literature, the problem of characters was Aristotle's disciple Theophrastus. His classification of the types then common in Athenian society was considered for many years to be an example of a typology of characters.

The first attempt to classify characters for a scientific purpose was made by the founder of phrenology Gallem. That first half of the 19th century is considered the beginning of the emergence of the science of character. In Gall's theory, 27 elementary mental abilities are listed from which the human character is composed.

Despite the criticism of the list of Gall's 27 abilities, despite the fact that the phrenology itself, which Gall created, did not last long, it is interesting to note the first five of this list: 1) the reproduction instinct; 2) love for posterity; 3) affection, friendship; 4) propensity to active struggle and the need for self-defense; 5) destructive instinct.

In 1896, F.Jordano's book “Character from the point of view of the body and the genealogy of man” was published in England. For the first time, a new, fundamentally different view of character appeared. He writes: “There are two characters that are fundamentally different from each other, two clearly expressed types of characters (with a third intermediate): one type has a strong tendency towards activity, and a tendency towards reflection is weak: the other has a predilection for reflection, while the desire to activity turns out to be weaker. ” By Jung's definition: “Jordan describes in general only the extrovert and introverted types”. Besides, F.Jordano for the first time touches upon the problem of “psychological types in biography”, which was further continued by V.Ostwald, E. Krechmer.

An interesting classification was tried to create by F. Polan in his book Psychology of Character. According to him, our spiritual life consists of a number of aspirations, which, combining with each other and influencing each other, form the whole complexity of the human personality. These aspirations, combining among themselves according to strict laws, determine the structure of our character. The laws are as follows. First: the law of systematic delay is the ability of some aspirations to suppress others, directly opposite. The second law: the law of systematic association, which consists in the fact that the individual elements of mental life have the ability to induce to activity other elements that are with them in dependence. He points to other laws: associations by opposites, adjacencies, and others.
F.Polan's classification was not so much a grouping of the most important characters, as a list of the most important qualities and peculiarities related to mental life and the content of feelings.

N.Lossky’s views are close to this classification, but he considers the main primary feature of mental activity to be a will, characterized by a special type of activity, thanks to which everything we experience is colored by our sense of “I.” .Lossky; he divides all people into types: sensual, egocentric and supra-personal. The superpersonal type is characterized by the predominance of superpersonal aspirations. These aspirations are, as it were, data from the outside, and their source is not in the physical needs of the organism, but in factors of a higher order, religious, scientific, and aesthetic demands. These people act as if not from themselves, but on behalf of a higher will, which they recognize as the leader of their actions, that is, this is a prototype of the concept of “self-actualization”.

One of the first Russian character typologies can be called the provisions of the theory of P.Lesgaft. It is about his work "Family education of the child and its value." A.F. Lazursky wrote that “what P.Lesgaft calls school types ... can be considered as a classification of children's characters” 2. This work is of particular importance for national psychology, not so much by the accuracy of observations and the content of typology, but by its fundamental tendency. Starting from this work, the entire 20th century in the national child and age psychology will be held in terms of “family - child”, excluding the alternative, important point of view - “child - family”.

But with their originality and unconditional innovation, all the listed typologies were too general, and the authors' access to the typology was of a secondary, explaining type. There was no system, a justification of approaches. And only the beginning of the 20th century can be considered the beginning of the formation of the main directions in the principles of classification (typology) of characters. Based on the analysis of the existing literature, it is possible to formulate the following approaches:

• typological models of social characters;

• typological models of individual characters;

• psychoanalytic typological models;

• integral typological models of deviations (psychopathy) and accentuations.

Let us consider briefly the main theories within the framework of the above approaches.
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Typological models of characters in modern psychology. Approaches to the definition of accentuations

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