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Career development at depth: a critical evaluation of career development theory from the perspective of analytical psychology

McCash, Phil (2018) Career development at depth: a critical evaluation of career development theory from the perspective of analytical psychology. PhD thesis, University of Essex.

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In this thesis, it is argued that Jungian and post-Jungian perspectives, in contrast to Freudian and Adlerian, have been neglected in classic and contemporary career development theories. This omission is addressed by undertaking a critical evaluation of career development theory in relation to analytical psychology. The primary research strategy adopted is a systematic and critical comparison of the two literatures. Canonical and contemporary texts from within career studies are selected focusing on seven areas of career theory: cultural systems; personality; career types; career strategies; narrative; life course development; and learning. These are critically evaluated using concepts from analytical psychology. Specifically, the work of Jung and post-Jungian scholars is deployed in relation to individuation and the key themes of: projection; persona; typology; archetypal image; personal myth; vocation; and transformational learning. The original contribution is a post-Jungian evaluation and re-imagination of career development theory. It is suggested that cultural career theory can be enhanced by considering the role of projection. In addition, it is argued that self-concept career theory is enriched by Jung’s structural model of the psyche; and the literature on career types can be broadened to include typology. It is further proposed that individuation offers a more critical take on career strategies; and personal myth extends the narrative turn in career studies. Finally, it is claimed that developmental theory is illuminated by an analytical psychological view of vocation; and career learning augmented by transformational learning theory. Overall, it is argued that career means to carry life, and through personal myth, weave together the golden threads that connect us all.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: career career theory career development theory career coaching career guidance career counselling career counselling career education cultural career theory analytical psychology c.g. jung alfred adler projection personal myth golden threads carrier of life persona vocation transformative learning transformational learning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Philip McCash
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 13:32
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 13:32

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