Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity.

The course is of an applied nature and is oriented to studies in the field of creative life intensification psychology, help with the experience of crises, human potential realization and care. Course objective is a phenomenological description of genius, talent and golden mediocrity as specific dimensions of human life, correction of errors and misapprehensions of common sense.

About the course

Course objective is a phenomenological description of genius, talent and golden mediocrity as specific dimensions of human life, correction of errors and misapprehensions of common sense. The main idea of the course: genius, talent and golden mediocrity are different (perpendicularly oriented) dimensions of human existence. They should be studied coherently with their manifestations. All together they construct a space for creative life, but each taken separately provokes traumatic, devastating and exhausting forms of anxieties.

It the course there are critically examined the manifestations of the studied “dimensions” (phenomena), in order that by putting off all “the supposed” we could find specific and inherent meaning. The phenomenological method is to understand and express in simple terms the fundamental structure of creative activity, to express everything that was, that is and that will be important in the psychology of creative life.

In the course there are used examples of coherent manifestations of genius, talent and golden mediocrity in works of art, biographies and creative practices.

Instructors

Oleg V. Lukyanov

Oleg V. Lukyanov

Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology of Personality at the National Research Tomsk State University, a Deputy chief editor of “the Siberian Psychological Journal” and existing member of the East European Association for Existential Therapy (EEAET), the author the concept of trans-temporal psychology. His research interests focus on the existential-phenomenological psychology in the social practices and the practices of psychological help. He has authored, directed and supervised a number of researches, educational and social projects to implement the fundamentals of existential-phenomenological psychology in daily life.

ANASTASIYA STIPEK

ANASTASIYA STIPEK

Senior researcher of the Department of Psychology, Ph.D. student in Psychology – General Psychology and Psychology of Personality. Her research deals with the evidence based relational models on the effectiveness of helpful psychological processes. She is also an artist, practicing psychologist, consultant, and art therapist. Her research interests focus on phenomenology, existential psychotherapy, pluralistic approach in psychology, psychology of art and creativity.

Developers

Peter J. Mitchell

Peter J. Mitchell

Senior lecturer in ELT and translation at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, National Research Tomsk State University, and also associate professor of ELT methodology at Derzhavin Tambov State University. His research interests focus on teaching methodology, translation theory and practice, language and culture. He is also a practicing translator and proofreader, and teacher trainer.

Ekaterina O. Alekseevskaya

Ekaterina O. Alekseevskaya

She holds a BA in International Relations from Tomsk State University and a MA in Management from Tomsk Polytechnic University. She is an executive secretary of “the Siberian Psychological Journal”. She also works as a translator from English and Spanish. Her interests focus on literary translation, international communication, psychology, art and folk life culture of Spain and Portugal.