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Building a life perspective as an alternative to the state of hopelessness


The living space of a modern man is studied, for which a state of hopelessness and many destructive manifestations are characteristic in the conditions of social instability. Hopelessness is seen as one of the leading predictors determining the emergence of deviations in both a single individual and society as a whole. The results of this empirical study confirm that hopelessness dilutes the “energy center” of the individual, its semantic shell, devalues the person’s ability to build a positive living space. It is justified that the alternative state of hopelessness stands for the purposeful management of life prospects, that is, the orientation toward a positive future. The future is that psychological space where a person’s vital need is transformed into distant goals and behavioral projects, giving life a sense of logic, meaningfulness and undoubted significance. The starting point in the prevention of the state of hopelessness is the orientation to the authorship of the individual in the construction of their own life path.


time perspective; psychological space; a state of hopelessness; learned helplessness; personal sovereignty; self-relationship; intrapersonal conflict

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