Hope-narratives as a chaos theory of career intervention for failure

McIlveen, Peter (2014) Hope-narratives as a chaos theory of career intervention for failure. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23 (1). pp. 37-43. ISSN 1038-4162

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This paper is an explication of the conceptual underpinnings of a new, narrative career counselling method: fluttering-hope. The method presents a new approach to addressing repetition compulsion, a condition characterised by repeated career-destructive behaviour and experiences of failure. Fluttering-hope is formulated on the basis of the Chaos Theory of Career (CTC), a theory that explicitly acknowledges failure as a natural event in careers. A transtheoretical argument links failure, optimism, hope, psychodynamics, and CTC concepts of attractor and shift. Repetition compulsion is posited as a pendulum attractor and fluttering-hope is posited as a source of perturbation that may induce shift. The method takes a gentle approach to repetition compulsion, and regards it as a psychological mechanism to be treated with great care in career counselling. The paper includes recommendations for future research into the CTC, fluttering-hope, and mathematical modelling.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Australian Collaboratory for Career Employability & Learning for Living. Author's Accepted Version deposited in accordance with policy of publisher (Sage)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 12:41
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: chaos theory of career, repetition compulsion, fluttering-hope, My Career Chapter, narrative career counselling, psychodynamic
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1038416214523401
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24966

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