Yulia Latynina, a guest editor of Psychologies: «The poor always have something positive"

Psychologies - a magazine for a very personal reading, analysis and reflection. But his views it is nice to share. Especially with those who are of interest to us. Such people we invited to become our collaborators and interlocutors in anniversary editions of the magazine. This month, we helped prepare a room writer and journalist Yulia Latynina.

Yulia Latynina, a guest editor of Psychologies: «The poor always have something positive


In your opinion, why in recent years it has grown significantly since our interest in the possibilities of psychology?

Yulia Latynina: In fact, this desire to know yourself is not new. Humanity exists, for example, for 140 thousand years (of course, in a civilized form - much less), and all this time the man stared at myself, I saw myself in the mirror - at least his past - and thinking. But the answers are often sought in religion. And now it is gone: what used to be told in the confessional now discuss with the therapist. In my opinion, it's not bad. Because the person who goes to training or reading a book on psychology, rather than to burn at the stake tribesman or tear his heart, as in the days of the Aztecs - is clear progress.

Yulia Latynina, a guest editor of Psychologies: «The poor always have something positive

What is your psychology in your profession?

Y. L .: The writer and journalist - a profession is very different: the journalist is watching the events and the writer observes people. The journalist has no right to say this is not mastered, for example, with their ambitions, because of how it all happened. In my opinion, this is a big minus journalism because most of the events take place because of the people - ambitious or greedy, the embittered or alternatively configured to cooperate. That is at the heart of conflict are our psychological characteristics. But journalism - it is a description of the world, of which psychology is biased thing, removed. You know, recently I had a theory. In recent months, I have visited a large number of very clean rooms. For example, those where in absolutely sterile conditions produce chips. Or in clean rooms usually closed state, where he studied phonons, two-dimensional electron gas, and other such things. And I suddenly realized that if the representatives of the exact sciences that they know how to behave in the real stuff, they are terribly wrong! After all, if you give them a handful of sand and ask what it is, they will answer: "We do not know, it's too dirty." All exact science strives to be placed in a clean room, where even a speck of dust seems cobblestones. And analyze something "pure" - a perfect triangle, absolutely solid. A psychology - as the history and philology - has to deal with "dirty", that is, complex systems, where it is impossible to predict exactly how to behave in an object. Because "clean" objects in the humanities does not happen. That his theory, I told a friend engineer mikroelektronschiku. He laughed and said that I was right, adding: "And in the human mass impurities makes the TV!" The illusion that our relations can be "clean", and prevents us to build them better?

Y. L .: The Bolsheviks tried to build such a system of "pure" relationships - turned hell! However, do not even get ... In general, when people can not agree, it means that some of them do not want. It happens that both do not want to. Interfere with this often our very different aspirations. In second place - greed. On the third - stupidity. But what I can offer - to change human nature? Then the person will cease to be a man. In my opinion, it would be boring without ambitious people, without too greedy. Without stupid I would have somehow survived! And even prevents us from the fact that in our society - as compared to the archaic, to which we are genetically adapted - or build links between people. After all, if we live in a village where all the inhabitants of thirty people, we will be sure to communicate with each other. And in the city with ten million citizens barriers arise. For example, we often do not suspect, who lives on one side or the other of our holiday village. Although if tomorrow will flood us, then we are obviously going to each other running around with buckets and help. But it is better to not flood ... Today, the connection between us is much less based on the principle of proximity: the man - my neighbor, and I spoke with him. On the other hand, we can now another way: the person sits somewhere on the other side of the world, but I like to communicate with him, and I talk! This is an absolute plus: so we can build up your own circle of relationships. But we prevent our internal barriers, Y. L .: I'm sure they can find something positive. Of course, they have every one of us. But someone says to himself: "I will never do anything!" - and really does not. And another says: "I do not succeed!" - and in this case literally digs nose the ground, overcoming themselves and the circumstances. Here it's just a chance that someday it will go complexes, becoming a positive force.

What would you wish the readers of Psychologies?

Y. L .: Success. In a relationship, business or creativity - each of us defines for itself it myself. And even better - wish us all good luck. Because success depends on us, but luck is not really it depends on us.

Yulia Latynina - a writer, journalist.

  • 1966 Born in Moscow family of journalists-writers.
  • 1988 graduated from the Literature Institute named after M. Gorky.
  • 1992 Protection in World Literature thesis on "Literary sources of the anti-utopian genre," under the leadership of Vyacheslav. Sun. Ivanova.
  • 1989 begins to publish his prose in literary magazines. Later, he publishes books in the genre of science fiction and economic detective.
  • 1992 deals with the history of the economy, an intern at the University of London. He wrote a series of articles on the history of the economy, began to cooperate with a number of periodicals.
  • 2000-2003 Leads author's programs on NTV and TVS channels.
  • Since 2003 - author and host of "Access Code" program on radio "Echo of Moscow".