Archetypal narratives in career counselling: a chaos theory application

Article

Abstract

This paper seeks to extend previous work on narrative career counselling by considering the role of plot within clients’ narratives. Seven archetypal narratives derived from the work of Booker (2004) are introduced that represent systems of meaning to provide insight into how individuals interpret their experience. These plots can be understood within the Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC) in terms of the attractors contained within the client narratives. Identifying the plots provides new insights into the nature of career development difficulties and how client stories may be reformulated.

Keywords

Narratives Career counselling Chaos theory 

Résumé

Récits archétypaux en conseil en orientation: une application de la théorie du chaos. Cet article cherche à prolonger les travaux précédents sur le conseil en orientation, qui utilise le récit de vie, en considérant le rôle des espaces de sens dans les récits des clients. On présente sept récits archétypaux dérivés du travail de Booker (2004) qui représentent des systèmes de signification destinés à fournir un éclairage sur la façon dont les individus interprètent leur expérience. Ces espaces peuvent être interprétés dans le cadre de la Théorie du Chaos en Orientation (TCO) en termes d’attracteurs contenus dans les récits du client. L’identification des espaces fournit de nouvelles perspectives quant à la nature des difficultés de développement de la vie professionnelle et quant à la façon dont les histoires narrées par le client peuvent être reformulées.

Zusammenfassung

Archetypische Erzählungen in der Beruflichen Beratung: Eine Anwendung der Chaos-Theorie. Dieser Artikel versucht, frühere Arbeiten zum Thema der erzählenden Beruflichen Beratung zu erweitern, indem die Bedeutung der Lebensentwürfe in den Erzählungen der Klienten betrachtet wird. Sieben archetypische Erzählungen, abgeleitet aus der Arbeit von Brooker (2004) werden vorgestellt, die Bedeutungssysteme repräsentieren und so Einsichten in die Art und Weise ermöglichen, wie Personen ihre Erfahrungen interpretieren. Diese Lebensentwürfe können innerhalb der Chaos-Theorie der Berufswahl (CTC) im Sinne von Attraktoren verstanden werden, die in den Erzählungen der Klienten enthalten sind. Die Lebensentwürfe zu verstehen stellt neue Erkenntnisse darüber zur Verfügung, welcher Art die Schwierigkeiten in Berufsescheidungen sind, und wie die Geschichten der Klienten umgedeutet werden können.

Resumen

Narrativas Arquetípicas en Orientación para la Carrera: Una Aplicación de la Teoría del Caos. Este artículo amplia el trabajo previo sobre la narrativa en la orientación para la carrera al considerar el papel de la trama en las narrativas de los clientes. Se introducen siete narrativas arquetípicas, que derivan del trabajo de Booker (2004), y representan sistemas de significado que permiten conocer cómo los individuos interpretan su experiencia. Estas tramas pueden entenderse—dentro de la Teoría del Caos de las Carreras (TCC)—como los elementos atrayentes dentro de las narrativas de los clientes. Al identificar las tramas podemos conocer mejor la naturaleza de las dificultades en el desarrollo de la carrera, y cómo las historias de los clientes pueden ser reformuladas.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityMona ValeAustralia

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