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(p. 187) Professional Identity 

(p. 187) Professional Identity
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(p. 187) Professional Identity
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Dolores O. Morris

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199766475.003.0011
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date: 21 October 2020

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how the psychologist-psychoanalyst identity forms or emerges, and continues to grow throughout one’s career. Psychoanalytic education and professional organizations play an integral role in this developmental process because the view of professional activity and responsibility varies as a function of the analyst’s professional training. This underscores the importance of recognizing that psychoanalysis is a generic term that covers a diversity of theoretical and practice viewpoints. First the requirements are addressed, followed by a description of the demographic characteristics of psychologists-psychoanalysts and their professional attitude. The variety of roles that allows for their creativity and leadership as well as their interface with professional organizations is covered. The conclusion speculates about the future of the specialty.

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