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ERIC Number: ED312547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-11
Pages: 17
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Developmental Career Counseling.
O'Brien, Michael T.
This paper outlines a developmental self psychology for use by career counselors with career clients. It offers a definition of a psychological self, draws from the work of Mead, Vygotsky, and Kohut to develop an understanding of the processes involved in the development and internalization of a psychological self, and connects the work of career counselors in facilitating this environment to the clinical observations of Heinz Kohut for working with persons with deficits in the development of a psychological self. It is suggested that Kohut's theory is more comprehensive than Freud's. It is claimed that career counselors may actually see many more people with disorders of the self than is usually the case with psychoanalysts. The model presented works on heuristic assumptions that the characteristic behaviors and communications of career clients represent healthy developmental tendencies, and that career clients may be seen not as manifesting psychopathology, but more importantly as manifesting and communicating a highly intelligent and accurate intuitive perception of their own developmental needs, which the counselor's theory must find a way to interpret. The paper concludes that much research remains to be completed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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