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ERIC Number: ED312546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-11
Pages: 44
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Identity Disorder and Career Counseling Theory: Recommendations for Conceptualization.
O'Brien, Michael T.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III Revised rubric of identity disorder is linked to career theory and research findings on vocational identity, career indecisiveness, vocational maturity, and to the theories of Erikson and Kohut. Identity disorder has been found in career counseling clients. It appears that the brief focus of career counseling is simply inappropriate for a substantial proportion of clients. Kohut's psychology of the development of the self should be integrated into Erikson's psychosocial framework of development. Erikson's psychosocial theory can be related to Kohut's psychological theory by way of Vygotsky's theory about how psychosocial experience becomes ultimately transformed into psychological functions. Much of the career developmental research ruled out the most significant variable in career development, the status of a person's development of a psychological self. People living in pluralistic societies are able to function more adaptively if they have the opportunity to develop a stably established intrapsychic capacity to hold firmly to their own values and sense of their own value, while simultaneously flexibly negotiating with multiple others on matters of interpersonal and social cooperation or conflict. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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