The role of searching for the meaning of life from the standpoint of religious faith in the spiritual self-realization of the individual

The self-realization of the individual has always belonged to a range of issues that, to some extent, have been fundamental for society, have determined the essence of any historical model of society. The individual is the most dynamic creator of social reality; he/she directly develops and establishes it every day by his/her needs, abilities, knowledge, skills, faculties, volitional and emotional potential, in short, his/her own essential forces. In the article, we demonstrate various approaches to the concept of self-realization of the individual, analyse the current state of the development of the problem of searching for the meaning of life of the individual, and consider religious faith as a condition for searching and finding the meaning of life. On the basis of an experimental study, we reveal the psychological specifics of the search for the meaning of life in adolescence in the context of religious faith. Based on the results of the study, we conclude that the search for the meaning of life plays a decisive role in the formation of life strategies, the hierarchy of values, and the spiritual self-realization of the individual. At the same time, religious faith has significant influence on the search for the meaning of life of the individual, determines the content of the process of mastering spiritual values and the formation of worldview, encourages the individual to activate the search for the meaning of life, becomes a foundation for the spiritual development of the individual, motivates the individual to self-perfection, the improvement of the world, and the augmentation of the goodness and wisdom. © 2018, Ecozone, OAIMDD. All rights reserved.

Shebzuhova T.A.1 , Bondarenko N.G.1 , Mukhtarova S.2 , Simonova M.A. 3 , Znamenskaya E.P.4
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  • 1 North Caucasus Federal University, Institute of Service, Tourism and Design, Ul. 40 let Oktyabrya 56, Stavropolsky krai, Pyatigorsk, 357500, Russian Federation
  • 2 Karaganda State University named after E.A. Buketov, Universitetskaya Street 28, Karaganda, 100028, Kazakhstan
  • 3 Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Miklukho-Maklaya St. 6, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
  • 4 Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University), Yaroslavskoe shosse 26, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation
Faith; Individual; Orientations; Religion; Spiritual
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