Pankalla, A.B., Kośnik, K.K. (2018). Indygeniczna psychologia Słowian. Wprowadzenie do realnej nauki o duszy. Kraków: Universitas. [Indigenous psychology of Slavs: Introduction to the real science of soul].



From the publisher:

What is the INDIGENOUS psychology? How do psychologists study the object (subject!) of their research, and what this object REALLY is or should be? What is the meaning of the examined person’s / researcher’s cultural-historical CONTEXT for psychological conclusions? And what is a standpoint in this problems of… the Slavic soul? The book presents an attempt to sensitize the Reader to reflect on questions above, facing postmodern challenges of psychology researching a PERSON’s reality, including their MYTHICAL IDENTITY. A conviction that psychology should express knowledge about a really existing, not a statistical person, and psychological theories should be relativized personally and culturally leads the Authors to make an attempt to (re)construct the Slavic UNDERSTANDING of psychic phenomena. How would (should) PSYCHOLOGY – the science about the Slavic SOUL look like then and how much modern, universalistic psychology should be revised to express the Slavic soul’s specifics properly? An attempt to answer this question can be found in the monograph.


Fragment of the book’s review (by prof. Anna Suchańska):

The texts written with considerable erudition is an invitation to the reflection on the place of spirituality shaped through centuries and psychic life of Slavs in their modern view. (…) The Authors’ attitude to the subject of their research and their engagement to “the cause” make reading of their book lively and addictive. (…) The book is an original authors’ idea to enrich modern psychological thought with conceptions excerpted from former traditions and widely understood Slavic spirituality. (…) It undoubtedly has a cognitive value; for a reader it opens an ancient world of Slavs with their language, rituality, psyche/soul. (…) It postulates „reaching the roots” (…) in understanding of modern human. What is more, it assumes the prospect of building “the new psychology” on the basis of former beliefs and myths. (…) A vivid narration and sometimes provocative argumentation rouse emotions and enforce a reader to reflect on the book’s subject.



Andrzej Pankalla – Head of the Centre of Anthropological Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland. His specialty is history of psychology, cultural psychology and psychology of religion. Author of Psychology of myth (2000), Mythocentric cultural psychology of Ernest Boesch (2012) and Culture of psychologists (2014), coauthor of Psychology of culture (2005/2008), Psychescapes (2007) and Mythotherapy (2010), and others. Organizer of research expeditions (Ecuador, Guatemala, Buryatia, African countries etc.).



Konrad Kośnik – PhD student in the Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Author of articles (e.g. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) in the field of psychology of religion and cultural psychology. Interested in: history and philosophy of psychology, Slavic culture and religion, and Polish national identity.