Geopsychic reactions and nature of the Ukrainians


  • Ivan Rybczyn



In a content-rich and structurally compact study of the worthy Ukrainian patriot, Professor Ivan Rybchyn (1892 – 1970) one of the most fundamental features of the Ukrainian character and at the same time the brightest aspects of the national spirit is highlighted – the primary influence of geopsychological factors (native nature, land, landscape) on the formation of a colorful, the original and contradictory harmonized character-destiny of a Ukrainian. It has been convincingly proven that precisely the geopsychic reactions, being caused by the geographical environment-landscape, determine one or another, in details and features, the course of psycho-spiritual processes, states, properties, tendencies of a person, which mutually form what is called character, disposition, soul. The author, in a fully reasoned way, singles out and characterizes the  f o u r  forms of dependence of the last odes of the Ukrainian lands’ spatial-relief invariants, motivatedly arguing that the mental e x p e r i e n c e s  of Ukrainians: a) from the lower steppe strip  are imaginatively enriched with dynamic material into an infinite distance, more deeply diversified to feel the majestic and unlimited, expanded by intense emotionally and effectively through a shift of attention to the absence of external thought motives and amplifying the volitional potential of the steppes channels for the development of dispositions to explosive deed actions, which are distinguished by high dynamics of mental stress and short-term prolongation; b) from the strips of forest-steppe highlands, thanks to the softness and gentleness of the wavy line of the landscape, stimulate and direct the development of the disposition in the Ukrainian ethnic group towards the mood of cheerfulness and the complementarity of rational and aesthetic guidance in the existential affirmation of everyday life; c) from the strips of forested northern and northwestern lowlands, mainly because of the darkness of the forest thickets, establish and consolidate dispositions for learning in the mystery of forest nature and intimately friendly attitude to the forest as their faithful defender in the struggle for the survival and prosperity of the people; d) from the mountain environment of the Carpathians and other hills contribute to the compliance, cheerfulness and willingness to indulge the uncontrolled intensity of the explosions of passions and, in addition, the play of light and shadows and the colorfulness of the changing mountain landscapes inherit the corresponding aesthetic dispositions.

Author Biography

  • Ivan Rybczyn

    Ivan Rybczyn (1892 – 1970) – pedagogue and sociologist, active member of the SSS (Shevchenko Scientific Society), gymnasium teacher and long-time head of the Branch of the “Teachers’ Community” Society in Stanyslaviv.




How to Cite

Rybczyn, Ivan. “Geopsychic Reactions and Nature of the Ukrainians”. Psyhology & Society, vol. 89, no. 1, July 2024, pp. 7-15,