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Models Of The Dialogical Achievement Of The I’s Self-Identity

This paper presents a study in the format of general personology that involves an interpretation of ideas about personality explicated from cultural sources, in psychological concepts, methods of individual self-cognition and empirical approaches. A continuum of personological methods was applied that follows the selected format, including the hermeneutic method, the theoretical modeling method, and the method of constructing reflexive practices. The author puts forward the idea of the I-Other inner dialogue as an essential intrapersonal condition for the development of the I’s self-identity. In the concept of self-identity, its “achievement” is emphasized as the way in which the I’s tendency to maintain “self” meets the I’s challenges to “part with self” and to gain self-identity on a new level. The specifics of the original approach consisted in identifying mutually necessary oppositions that determine the paradoxes of self-identity that are “removed” when it is achieved. These oppositions include: I and the Other, the Real Other and the Inner Other, the I’s self-sufficiency and the need for dialogs with others, the attitude to self and the attitude to the Other, self-identity anddisdentification of the I with itself, the Other’s reflection and “viewpoint”, and the I for itself and the I for the Other. The “idea of the opposition” was applied to propose a structure for a developing dialogue focused on the multidimensional reflective disclosure of the I in relation to the Other from the position of the I-myself and from the position of the Inner Other. It is substantiated that such a dialogue (fulfilled by a person) can enrich and strengthen the self- identity of the I through the problematization and synthesis of I-representations obtained from these standpoints. The author’s idea was developed in the form of a continuum “hermeneutic model – theoretical model – reflexive model” that can be used in research and implementation of opportunities for the I’s self-identity achievement in the inner dialogue.