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Sokolova E.T., Andreyuk K.O. Peculiarities of mentalization in patients with schizotypal disorders

Full text in Russian: Соколова Е.Т., Андреюк К.О. Особенности ментализации у пациентов с шизотипическими расстройствами
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The paper is devoted to the phenomenon of mentalization, which P.Fonagy understands as emotional sensitivity and cognitive ability to imagine mental states. We have operationalized this concept using the category of affective-cognitive personal style of I—Other relations representation (E.T.Sokolova), which integrates emotional and evaluative characteristics of relationship and cognitive-symbolic processing methods of social interaction within itself. We considered these components using the categories of D.Westen’s model: «complexity of representations of people», «affect-tone of relationship paradigms», «capacity for emotional investment in relationships», «understanding of social causality». Data that was collected using the methods of TAT and conversation have revealed pseudomentalization and concrete understanding in patients with schizotypal disorders, which corresponds with the specific style of I—Other relations representation. The measured cognitive and personality peculiarities (psychological mindedness, tolerance to uncertainty, level of intellectual development and creativity) have showed correlation with components of style and contributed to the reconstruction of a coherent picture of mentalization in normal and pathology.

Keywords: pseudomentalization, concrete understanding, affective-cognitive style of I—Other relations representation, psychological mindedness, tolerance to uncertainty, the thematic apperception test, schizotypal disorders



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Received 15 January 2016. Date of publication: 25 April 2016.

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Sokolova Elena T. Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Аndreyuk Kristina O. Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11-9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Sokolova E.T., Andreyuk K.O. Peculiarities of mentalization in patients with schizotypal disorders. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 46, p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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