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New Psychological Research

Karpuk V.A. Interior as an everyday reality and as an addition to a personal identity

Vladimir A. Karpuk, postgraduate student, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia; bld. 6, Miusskaya square, Moscow, Russia, 125047;

In the modern world, it appears a clear personal need to live in a certain style: to form or adopt a life style and, in accordance with it, design the living space. Such a need not only persists, but also intensifies in a situation of rigid transitivity and can serve as the basis for coping with a situation of uncertainty and preserving individual real space. The article presents the results of a pilot study on the characteristics of aggressiveness, self-attitude and behavioral styles of people who prefer one of the four interior styles identified by designers depending on the different degree of aggressiveness: Loft, Art Deco, Minimalism and Scandinavian. The final sample included 55 respondents. Material which was empirically obtained, indicating that the features: “expected attitude of others”, “autosympathy”, “expected attitude”, “physical aggression” and “global self-attitude” – can serve as the basis for structuring a person’s life space. The results obtained make it possible to reveal whether there is a conscious or potentially present in the mind connection between people’s attitude to themselves and to the world and the choice of an interior that carries certain values and relationships already embedded in it. The values inherent in the Scandinavian style are more open and therefore this style can be chosen by people with greater awareness. Loft and Art Deco styles carry many hidden and not always positive meanings that characterize people, and therefore their choice may indicate ambivalent experiences and insufficient harmony in relations with oneself and with the world. The obtained results also raise new questions about the role of personal characteristics in the formation of everyday life and compensation or the implementation of personal motivation in the arrangement of one’s housing.


Key words: interior design, living space, design psychology, real space, psychology


For citation: Karpuk, V.A. Interior as an everyday reality and as an addition to a personal identity. New Psychological Research, No. 4, 188–207. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_04_09



The experiment was carried out with the support of the Russian Science Foundation grant No. 19-18-00516 “Transitive and virtual spaces – commonality and differences”.

keywords: interior design, living space, design psychology, real space, psychology

received 30 December 2022

published 30 December 2022

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