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Psychoanalytic and literary perspectives

Psychoanalysis and literary studies have exerted considerable influence on contemporary careers work. The work of Larry Cochran and Mark Savickas has been selected because, in contrasting ways, both have been influenced by psychoanalytic and literary ideas.
Cochran and Savickas (Powerpoint Presentation)


Further reading

  • Jung's (1963/1995) edited autobiography Memories, dreams, reflections read together with Steven (1994/2001) provide a good introduction to Jungian psychology and career development. This provides an interesting contrast to the Adlerian approach.
  • Bordin's (1990) psychodynamic model of career choice and satisfaction.
  • Collin's (2000) interpretation of career development as 'epic' or 'novel'.
  • Both Mignot (2000) and Inkson (2007) have discussed metaphor in relation to career. It is worth looking at each approach to identify similarities and differences.