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Anastasia Isaeva1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

The “Disembodiment” of the Personality in the Context of Virtual Culture

2021. Vol. 18. No. 3. P. 491–505 [issue contents]
The article is devoted to the problematization of the virtual life in the aspect of embodiment in the context of the total digitalization of social and personal relationships. These problems have become especially noticeable due to isolation during the COVID-19 epidemic. The category of the Virtual Other proposed in the work. It is the result of the personality's activity in virtuality and the specific object of its relations at the same time. The virtual and subject-figurative spaces of a person's life are proposed as additions in the development of the Life topology model (E.B. Starovoytenko). A special problematic of the person's life activity is revealed in these coordinates. An analysis of articles and reflective notes that appeared in the wake of the global self-isolation of 2020, as well as a number of other sources on the current topic of digitalization, allows us to focus the formulated problems within three spheres of personal activity: communication, activity and personal relationships. Possible causes of Zoom fatigue are discussed. We analyze psychological distortions as a result of unnatural communication in Zoom — everyone is simultaneously looking at me (or not?), And I continuously see myself among others. The psychological consequences of "washing out" the body from the virtualized activity are considered: the activity becomes exhausting, dissatisfaction with the work done appears, the sensitivity to one's own psychological boundaries is lost. Realization of relations in virtual space makes communication with the Other disembodied and continuous and excludes the most important pauses in which an internal dialogue with the Other develops. Along with the real, bodily Other and the reduced “inner Other”, the “virtual Other” develops, which should become the subject of psychological research. Virtuality is a new, little-developed space of individual life. So far, it is limitless, invasive and excluding corporeality. At the moment in culture there are no formed ways of personal development of the virtual space and the resolution of contradictions generated by personal activity in it.
Citation: Isaeva A. (2021) «Bestelesnost'» lichnosti v usloviyakh virtual'noy kul'tury [The “Disembodiment” of the Personality in the Context of Virtual Culture]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 18, no 3, pp. 491-505 (in Russian)
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