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Psycosmology (greek. ψυχή — soul; greek. Κόσμος — "ordered", "beautiful" — a structure, the Universe, a universe, greek. λόγος — "thought") — system of psychological types. The ground of type classification in psycosmology is the correlation of rational and irrational cognition of man and direction of both kinds of cognition on the World and the Self.


Status of Psycosmology

From its very origin psycosmology was viewed in two different contexts: as researching the types of human psychic and as the practice focused on creation of conditions for the maximum realization of the man's potential and regulation of human interrelations on the basis of taking into consideration her/his type of cognition. These aspects, in fact, are complementary for each others. In determining the peculiarities of manifestation of psychotype in style of activity and communication the methodological and diagnostical development of typology is very important. The title “Psycosmology” has been introduced by N.L.Nagibina, the author of the system in 2007. (Before this the names were: “The system of type by Nagibina”, “Typology by Jung-Nagibina”) for designation the ontological status of typology. Traditionally object of research in cosmology was the Universe and its composition at both the levels (mental and physical). Recently the accent in cosmological investigations has shifled to physical world, and even more narrow to origin of the Universe. The level of psychic is excluded from cosmology. However, in this case, the main idea of cosmology — unity of a universe and its integrity combining the mental and physical worlds was broke. Psycosmology makes accent on a psychic component of the existing world which is equal in its rights with the physical component of the Universe.

Status of Psycosmology as sciences

At present psycosmology is a scientifically accepted empirical classification: it learns on the facts, statistical analysis of feature distributions and bounds of the psychological characteristic, their empirical reliability and validity. Psycosmology as empirical classification has been successfully defended before the council at the department of psychic system studies and the department of personality studies in the Institute of Psychology under Russian Academy of science (25.12.2000), as well as before the scientific council at the department of psychology in Moscow State Lomonosov University (22.11.2002) and before the scientific council at the Moscow University for humanities (2006 – four dissertations), also before other council and commissions of experts. The essential basis of the given empirical classification lies in studying every day cognition of people where observation of activity styles with the help of worked out special methods and techniques allows for revealing facts and their lows. Create attention in the researches is paid to the ecological validity of them. In this connection such kinds of empirical researches as experiments under conditions closer to real ones, structured observations etc.

Status of Psycosmology as practice

The goal of psycosmology is to implement the knowledge of the preferred activity styles and the peculiarities of communications, by all people, as much as it is possible, for optimizing human relations and cooperative activities. At present psycosmology is used in education especially in teaching future musicians and other creative professionals, in a number of organizations for optimizing the personal work activity, and also in psychotherapeutical and consulting practices.

Psychological type

The psychological type (in psycosmology) is the type of man psychic, which is determined by the correlations and directness of consciousness (rational) and unconsciousness (irrational) cognition of man. The psychotype causes the dominating in the psychic was of getting and processing information, the possibilities of man in interaction with the environment, his/her strong and weak sides. All together 12 types are established and considered in psycosmology. These types are distinguished by the preference and orientation of conscious and unconscious cognition.

Model of system of psychological types (Psycosmology)

The founder of psycosmology Natali Nagibina has worked out the model of the system of psychological types and the main statements of the system, which finally, after a number intermediate hypothesis turned towards 1999 to a balanced and coordinated systemic empirical classification.

“Up to now the majority of scientists have not acknowledged the fact, that there exists subordination of psychological characteristics to lows and relations of more higher level, i.e. the psychic of every man is not just a combinatorial and accidental set of features and peculiarities, but steady enough “entities”, “grains”, “sense nodes”, containing in themselves all the properties of concrete psychological type”, - believes N.Nagibina.

The main statements of the system

  • The ratio of dominance of rational and irrational cognitive functions in the structure of individuality is quite constant.
  • Rational (conscious) cognition and irrational (unconscious) cognition have two poles in directness (orientation) – on the world (objectcentred) and on the self (subjectcentred).
  • The model of the system is depicted as a circle with the horizontal and vertical axises representing rational (horizontal) and irrational (vertical) cognitions and the ends of the axises showing their orientations on the world (the left end for rational and the upper for irrational cognitions) and on the Self (the right end for the rational and lower end for the irrational cognitions). Each type occupies a definite position on the circle, which is determined by the dominance ratio and directness of cognition in the structure of individuality.
  • The type position on the circle is connected with the qualitative peculiarities of cognitive functions (perception, memory, thinking) as well as the hierarchy of of values and motives of man.
  • The variations of behavioral characteristics of representing of the same type depend on:

- dynamic and anatomical characteristics of the psychological conditions (the type of higher nervous activity, pathologies, traumas, etc.)

- social features (ethnicity, social status, etc.)

- education and personal history

- intellectual and creative potential

  • Potentially every man can have all possible types and positions on the circle. The hierarchical structure of system of types and their positions corresponds to the nested doll rule and manifests itself as a system of integral personalities.
  • The psychological type may be assessed by reflective awareness and manifestations in the situations of interactions with objects and subjects.
  • The model of the system is a multidimensional space in the form of circle with 12 basis types and their positions, through which the curves of distributions of personal, temperamental and intellectual characteristics go.

Psycosmology — system of psychological types

The system of types takes the dominance ratio of rational and irrational cognition as the basis for the types classification. Rationality is understood by the author of the system as conscious fulfillment of operations of analysis and synthesis in cognition. Irrationality – as unconscious analysis and synthesis.

As a hypothesis about the material substrate which is the place in the brain, where the processing of information, the author of psycosmology assumes that the substrate of the rational cognition directed on the World is the left hemisphere and the substrate of the rational cognition directed on the Self is the right hemisphere.

The substrate of the irrational cognition directed on the World are three upper bundles of autonomic nervous system and – of the irrational cognition directed on the Self – the three lower bundles of the autonomic nervous system.

Psycosmology — system of psychological types. Part 1

Psycosmology in the context of the general, typological and individual

Among the psychological characteristics there are general ones, common to all people, pointing to belonging to species “homo sapience”, typological – common to groups of people and individual – distinguishing a concrete man from all other people. At present there is a great number of classifications (typologies) in psychology by very different basis. The majority of typologies have been worked out by psychotherapeutists for clinical purposes. Psycosmology is a typology within the norm.

The author of psycosmology managed to find non contradictory combining in one system the general, typological and individual characteristics. This is rather rare a case in the psychological science.

Psycosmology — system of psychological types. Part 2

The procedure of type determining

The procedure of type assessment may differ depending on the degree of the assessor skill development and can comprise from 1 to 3 steps. The three steps are:

  • determining the dominance ratio of rational and irrational component in cognition
  • determining the directness of irrational cognition
  • determining the directness of rational cognition

Psycosmology — system of psychological types. Part 3

For orienting in the key words for every quadrant of the system and every type in a concrete quadrant the procedure includes 2 steps:

  • assessing the quadrant
  • assessing the ratio of rationality/irrationality.

When orienting on the formed standards for every type – the assessing consists of one step.

Perception in the types of the system

Perception is a very important characteristic of personality. It has peculiarities connected with the cognitive type of person. These peculiarities can also serve as criteria in determining the personality psychological type. The perception of people with domination of rationality in cognition is “direct” getting the information like a sponge (without the rational filter). The perception of people with the prevailing rationality in cognition is mediated by the thinking operations (checking against the memory traces Neisser) or against the harmony with situation (James).

Besides, the perception can be subjectcentred (directed mainly on the sensation of the subjects body), or objectcentred (directed mainly on the intuitive catching the essence of an action, phenomenon, man).

Memory in the types of the system

Anry Bergson distinguished and described two kinds of memory – memory of the body and memory of the psychic. Generally accepted is distinction of direct and mediated memory. Memory can play different roles in the processes of cognition. At last, memory kinds are singled out by the scale of space-time context. All these distinctions are taken into account in psycosmology when considering the peculiarities of memory in every type.

Memory in the types of the system

Thinking in the types of the system

In the empirical studies of thinking of people having different types the author of psycosmology and her supporters emphasize the distinction of the subjective and objective logic and also domination of deduction or induction in thinking acts. Besides, the role position of person in a situation is considered to be rather important.

Thinking in the types of the system

Psychological types: peculiarities of cognition and value

Studing by various methods the peculiarities of cognition, values, motives the developers of psycosmology have found the peculiarities of the mentioned psychical components connected with each of the 12 types.

Psychological types: peculiarities of cognition and value

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Тип АB

Тип B

Тип С

Тип CD

Тип D

Тип Е

Тип EF

Тип F

Тип G

Тип GH

Тип H

The roots of Psycosmology

Cosmology of ancient civilizations


Cosmology (greek. – study of the World) – philosophical and scientific study of the Universe, especially concerning its origin in cosmogony. The appearance of cosmology took place in deep antiquity (observations and notes of Vavilonian and Egiptian priest, Chinese, Indian and Japanese cosmologists, as well as cosmologist Maya and others). Considering all paintings and graphical works by artists of antiquity, ancient East or Middle Ages, one can see that cosmology is something related to philosophy, where the man is a part of nature, part of the Universe.

Here, the mythologema of a tree of life - circle, divided into four quadrants – is often met.

World Three separates the cosmic world from the world of chaos. Its structure includes symbols of unity, which put in order the cosmic world.

Trinity as the image of absolute perfection of any dynamic process, the vertical axis, which has bottom, middle, top, suggests origin –development – completion. World tree, also called cosmic tree, centre of the world, a widespread motif in many myths and folktales among various preliterate peoples, by which they understand the human and profane condition in relation to the divine and sacred realm. Two main forms are known and both employ the notion of the world tree as centre. In the one, the tree is the vertical centre binding together heaven and earth; in the other, the tree is the source of life at the horizontal centre of the earth.

Four-partiteness - as an image of static whole – four parts of the world, four seasons of the year etc. Seven-partiteness - as the sum of the two previous constants and the image of static and dynamic realities. Twelve-partiteness – as the image of corpulence and completeness, static wholeness, multiplied by the absolute perfection.

Being a likeness of the universe, the man is one of the elements of the cosmogonical scheme.

Rudolf Steiner

“There was time, then cosmology showed the man how she/he is the member of the Universe. For this it was necessary that not only her/his body, but their soul and spirit could be viewed as member of cosmos as well. This happened thanks to the fact, that cosmos was considered as something mental and spiritual. Nowadays cosmology became only a structure a building upwards of what the natural science investigates with the help mathematic, observation and experiments. The knowledge, obtained this, was generalized in the image of cosmic development. From this image it is possible to understand the physical body of man. But even the etheric-body can be got to know only as a member of cosmos and only through insight into etheric essence of cosmos. But this man only the etheric organization. In the soul, however, there is an inner life and it is necessary to get insights also into the inner life of cosmos. The ancient cosmology did it. With this insight the psychical gist of man coming beyond the etheric body entered cosmos. But the contemporary spiritual life lacks the observation of psychical inner life”. (Rudolf Steiner. Cosmology)


“It is interesting that even the idealists observed with pleasure the star sky, the perceived cosmos Plato states: the most important for the human mind is to simulate the movement of the sky bodies. They splendidly rotate eternity, always the same way, symmetrically, harmoniously, without any infringement. Such the human soul should be. But here other amazing place. In "Timaeus" by Plato, where cosmology is depicted, the master demiurge creates space from a matter like conscious, animated and living, that is obviously like the human being: having the body and that is to be seen and touchable. This is what the any being born should be. And further, when it was necessary to complete cosmos so that it became Everything, gods have started formation of three kinds of living and having bodies creatures (on the earth, in the air and in the water). Thus, cosmos being seen, heard, touched, material in the opinion of the ancient Greek is nothing more than a huge body of living human being is the whole, and in all parts »(A.F.Losev. The antique literature).

Typologies with the correlations of rational and irrational cognition as the ground for the distinction of types

Philosophical systems in which the Universe is treated as harmonic whole, including the physical and the psychical (mental, spiritual) worlds

The place Psycosmology in the system of studies of psychic and soul

Personality in Psycosmology

Methods of research


Informational resources

Competition of creative works «PSYCOSMOLOGY»

Publications on Psycosmology


1. Psycosmology. М, IIDP, 2007.

2.Die Populäre Psychologie der Typen. Teil 1 /W.Red. N. Nagibina. Berlin, 2010

2. Популярная психология типов Часть 1 /ред. Н. Л. Нагибиной. IIDP, Москва, 2009

3. Die Populäre Psychologie der Typen. Teil 1 /W.Red. N. Nagibina. Berlin, 2010

4. Нагибина Н. Л., Артемцева Н. Г., Грекова Т. Н. Психология искусства. Типологический подход. М., «МосГУ», 2005

5. Нагибина Н. Л. Психология типов. Системный подход. Психодиагностические методики. Ч.1. М., Институт молодежи, 2000

6. Нагибина Н. Л., Миронычева А. В. Психология типов. Системный подход. Тело и душа. Ч.2. М., Московская гуманитано-социальная академия, 2002.

7. Нагибина Н. Л., Грекова Т. Н. Психология типов. Стратегии развития. Ч.3. М., Московская гуманитано-социальная академия, 2002

8. Артемцева Н. Г., Губанкова Н. Г., Ильясов И. И., Миронычева А. В., Нагибина Н. Л. Психологические типы. Когнитивные стили. Ч.4. Московский гуманитарный университет, 2003

9. Артемцева Н. Г., Ильясов И. И., Миронычева А. В.,Нагибина Н. Л. Фивейский В. Ю. Познание и личность: типологический подход. М., Книга и бизнес, 2004

10. Артемцева Н. Г. Общее, типологическое, индивидуальное в визуальной диагностике. Учебное пособие. — М. Изд-во МосГУ, 2008 ссылка

11. Нагибина Н. Л. Мастера российского джаза. Психологические портреты. — М., Изд-во «Институт психологии РАН», 1999

12. Грекова Т. Н. Личностные установки развития. М.: МосГУ, 2008.

13. Грекова Т. Н. Личностно-смысловые особенности развития. М. МГУДТ.: 2008

14. Грекова Т. Н. Психологические типы: семантика понятия «развитие». М.: МосГУ, 2006

Chapters in collective monographies

• Артемцева Н. Г. , Нагибина Н. Л. Познание, детерминированное психологическим типом личности.// В кн. Общение и познание. Под. Ред. В. А. Барабанщикова и Е. С. Самойленко.-М.:Изд-во «Институт психологии РАН», 2007

• Артемцева Н. Г., Нагибина Н. Л. Рациональные и иррациональные системы как детерминанты познания.//Системная организация и детерминация психики.- М. Институт психологии РАН, 2009.

• Артемцева Н. Г., Нагибина Н. Л. Индивидуальные особенности восприятия информации в интернет — образовании.// Познание в структуре общения /под ред В. А. Барабанщикова и Е. С. Самойленко — М., Изд-во «Институт психологии РАН», 2009

• Артемцева Н. Г. Особенности общения родителей и подростков: общие, типологические, индивидуальные.// Познание и общение: Теория, эксперимент, практика /под ред В. А. Барабанщикова и Е. С. Самойленко — М., Изд-во «Институт психологии РАН», 2009

Articles in the journals

• Нагибина Н. Л., Рыжова Н. Ю. Любовь и акме: феноменология отношений. Акмеология. 2006, № 4, с.95-97.

• Рыжова Н. Ю. Семантическое пространство понятий «любовь» и «брак»: типологический подход.// Вестник Университета (ГУУ) М., ГУУ. Вып. № 7(23). Серия Социология и управление персоналом, 2006.

• Артемцева Н. Г. К вопросу о содержании общего, типологического и единичного в составе психики. // Вестник университета. Серия Социология и управление персоналом, № 3. М.2007

• Артемцева Н. Г. Проявление невербальных компонентов общения как характеристика психологического типа личности. // Вестник университета. Серия Социология и управление персоналом, № 7. М.2007.

• Артемцева Н. Г. Психологические типы личности в контексте обучения визуальной диагностике // Знание. Понимание. Умение. Изд-во МосГУ, № 2,2008

• Артемцева Н. Г., Грекова Т. Н. Методологические подходы к исследованию личностных установок: общее, типологическое, индивидуальное // Вестник университета. Серия Социология и управление персоналом, М. № 4. 2008.

• Ильясов И. И., Артемцева Н. Г. Особенности восприятия психологических характеристик человека по его лицу: дифференциальный подход, // Всестник МГУ. Серия 14. Психология. № 3. 2009

• Грекова Т. Н. Стратегии развития: дифференцированный подход в обучении / Вестник университета. № 7/23. М.: ГУУ, 2006

• Грекова Т. Н. Об архетипичности символов развития / Вестник Московского Университета. Сер. 145. Психология. № 6, 2006

• Грекова Т. Н. Ценностно-смысловые особенности развития личности: типологический подход / Вестник университета. № 3/29. М.: ГУУ, 2007

• Грекова Т. Н. Пути к вершине: индивидуально-типологические особенности в контексте семантики понятия «развитие» / Вестник университета. № 12/38. М.: ГУУ, 2007

• Грекова Т. Н. Методологические подходы к исследованию личностных установок: общее, типологическое, индивидуальное / Вестник университета. № 4/42. М.: ГУУ, 2008

• Грекова Т. Н. Стратегии развития: типологический подход / Вестник университета. № 4/42. М.: ГУУ, 2008

• Грекова Т. Н. Семантика понятия развитие: общее, типологическое, индивидуальное / Научный журнал МосГУ. Знание. Понимание. Умение. № 1. МосГУ, 2008

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