Actually, I understood this myself only when I began to study Psychology. Before that, I worked successfully as a psychologist-coach for 25 years, wrote books diverging in millions of copies, and was pleased with my work because people thanked me and thanked me. Having started working on Psychologos, I wanted to record in one place those simple and working things that seemed to have been understood by me and other professionals for a long time. And then we (me and colleagues) were waiting for the discovery: everything is not simple and nothing is clear. Psychology as a science, it seems, is not yet available. Having started work on Psychologos, after years of daily work, I realized that both myself and my dear colleagues - by and large, we are all half-educated.
A clear definition of concepts
Today, each author has his own terminology, and it seems that each author is logical - it seems as long as the articles of different authors we do not put together and do not try to unite them. Do not unite. Everything is cracking and crawling. In the articles there was an illusion of logic, because the concepts were not defined and were used arbitrarily, turning comfortably sideways in a convenient context. This is how magicians work, but science can not be built like this.
Psychologos was created for many years, and we suffered his unique principle: "one concept is one definition." Each word that is used as a concept can have only one, clearly defined meaning, which is preserved in all articles of the encyclopedia.
In all articles where feelings are written, the word sentiment can have only one meaning and one definition, and if the author claims that the feelings about us are taken care of, this should apply to feelings of horror, despair and nightmares. If we write in one place that each person is a person, and in another - "the person is not born, the person becomes", then it is obvious that these are two different understandings of the person, and they should be divorced.
The principle "one concept - one definition" - for the Psychologist is really difficult, very difficult, but it turns out to be the most productive for building a system of psychology as a science. Science begins with the definition of concepts, with a clear understanding of what we are talking about.
Clear theses, short articles
The main articles of Psychologos - short articles. This is not always convenient for the reader, but only this avoids confusion. If you want to write clearly, write shortly. They denoted the problem, defined the concepts, then the structure "thesis - justification - illustrations" - and conclusions. If any item needs to be expanded in more detail, it is disclosed in a separate article, only in this way order appears.
The need for cooperation
Each of us will begin to work qualitatively only when we, psychologists, begin to cooperate. Doctors understood this before us, and experts working in the same problem area, necessarily contact each other. The oculist does not need to cooperate with the surgeon, but surgeons take care that the successful finds of one can enrich the work of all. In psychology, for the time being, feudal fragmentation reigns: Gestalt therapy is turning away from NLP, NLP is closing in its approach.
Curiously: after all, there was no Gestalt therapy, nor NLP, as directions. Directions emerged when bright professionals found the strength to harmonize their views, found an opportunity to create a common vision of their professional activities. If they then fenced off "Why do we need this?", along with their departure from professional activities, their art would also be lost.
If colleagues do not seek cooperation, they will not create a direction. If one direction is fenced off from colleagues of another direction, we will not create a system for a long time. It’s great to work yourself - not enough. Our task is to create a system in which the professionals following us will work even better.
Now is a good time!
Life pushes us to cooperation, and now is a good time. Practitioners now have an interest in theory, and academic psychology begins to turn to practice. Together - we will do what is ahead of us.
Today, when I look at practical psychology, it seems to me a huge field without end and edge, covered with a gray fog, and we with small spatulas on its edge, already dug up a small vegetable garden. We want to master all this boundless territory, make it a blooming garden ... Feelings? It’s wonderful, there is scope and opportunity to create your own, wonderful world ahead.
I believe that Psychologos will become the main book for the Russian consumer of practical psychology services.
Clearly and on business. The essence of the subject and practical recommendations. Systematically and without water.
I believe that Psychologos will become the basis for the university courses of practical psychology, the training base for beginning practicing psychologists and the conceptual standard for professionals. The canon of practical psychology will arise sooner or later, because it is necessary. I invite all interested people to participate in this.
What to do?
Colleagues I invite to cooperation, send your articles. If you subscribe to a professional newsletter, you will receive our new works, information about our creative meetings and conferences. Those who want to become a real psychologist-practitioner, come to study at the University of Practical Psychology. You will receive a state diploma, but the main thing is real preparation for practical work and belief in yourself as a person and a specialist. The University gathers people who make the future of practical psychology. Working together is more fun.
Nikolai Ivanovich Kozlov, Professor, Doctor of Psychology, Rector of the University of Practical Psychology