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Fixation of Setting as a Method of Professional Selection and Psychological Correction of Police Officers

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Dated: July-December 2013 Pages: 185-192
Vitaly Karpenko
Date Published
December 2013
8 pages
The purpose of this article is to analyze the characteristics and determinants of mental activity in terms of theory of setting and to define diagnostic and corrective productive use of this theory as methodological psychological instruments.
Subject's state of readiness to activity as a configuration of his psychophysiological forces at a particular moment should be described as the state of actual setting. The actual setting of the subject is formed on the basis of "meeting" between the need and the situation of its satisfaction. The process of fixing a setting in a subject displays dynamic aspect of mental activity, its structure, and has significant individual differences. Such individual peculiarities of the process of fixing and fading of setting have an important differential psychological significance, and can be used for professional selection and individual approach in education and training of police officers. Important differential criteria include excitability (the speed of fixing it) low, medium and high, and dynamics-statics, determined by the amount of illusory perception in the experiment. Impossibility of fixing a setting is quite rare and usually refers to cases of deep pathology. Some of the advantages of this technique include the short-term procedures, the presence of a large range of corrective effects on the health, mental and physical performance, possibility of multiple and effective use of the method, etc. The article proposes options of using the method of setting fixing as a component in the structure of the professional selection of police officers and correction of their states, abilities to efficient adaptation. (Published Abstract)