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The prison psychologist used several techniques to help inmates prioritize life and determine what steps need to be taken to bring about the desired change.

The psychologist of the psychological laboratory of the institution, Maria Tikhonova, first of all suggested that the convicts compose the so-called wheel of life balance. It is a circle divided into segments, each of which corresponds to a specific area of ​​life: family, health, finances, personal development, friends, leisure, work, life. The convicts assessed each area on a 10-point system: the minimum score is placed closer to the center of the circle, the maximum – to the border.

– Thanks to this tool, a person can identify their strengths, as well as identify areas that require additional development. Next, we analyze what can be done in a particular area to harmonize life, – commented Maria Tikhonova.

On the basis of the findings, the convicts drew up their own plan of changes. To do this, we used the “Map of Desires” methodology, which helps to set priorities in life, to understand what is really important and what can be sacrificed.

The next step was the “City of Your Life” method: the participants of the lesson drew a map that contains everything that fills a person’s life. So, for example, the convicts painted the area “My family”, “My work”, “Rest”, “Friends and acquaintances”. Then they examined the drawn map and provided explanations. At the end of the lesson, the convicts expressed the opinion that this technique helped them to see what and how they would like to see in the future and what steps must be taken for this.

– To investigate what life consists of, and to understand whether this picture suits you, means to take control of the situation and build life according to the desired scenario. Goal-setting helps to structure, organize and begin to control your activities and, in general, teaches you to take responsibility for your life. You can make goals out of any desires, but desires will turn into goals at the moment when they take on a clear form and a person realizes them, ” psychologist Maria Tikhonova summed up the lesson.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Komi Republic

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