1st Edition

On Becoming a Psychologist Emerging identity in education

By Katrin Kullasepp Copyright 2022
    234 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    On Becoming a Psychologist explores the professional identity construction of psychology students, examining their entry into the psychology profession from a socio-cultural perspective.

    The book brings together socio-cultural approaches and Dialogical Self Theory to gain comprehensive insight into the developmental processes behind the formation of professional identity. It conceptualises the process of becoming a psychologist as an intrapersonally and interpersonally unique semiotic process of self-regulation that unfolds through dialogical relations with the individual’s socio-cultural surroundings. Building on empirical research, the book outlines the results of a longitudinal study of a cohort of psychology students throughout their studies and following their graduation. The study sheds light on how professional role expectations are negotiated between the different aspects of the self, with a particular focus on how the self is positioned throughout the course of professional education.

    Offering a unique perspective on the socio-cultural construction of professional identity, this book will be of great interest to scholars, researchers and graduate students in the fields of cultural psychology, applied psychology and social psychology.


    Series Editor Preface

    Part 1: Persons into professions—A unique path into a professional role

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Becoming a psychologist—What does that mean?

    Chapter 2. Theoretical framework: A socio-cultural approach to professional identity construction

    Chapter 3. Introduction to the methodology of the study: Grasping the multilinear and unique developmental process over time

    Conclusion to Part 1

    Part 2: A psychologist as a sign

    Chapter 4. Psychologists emerge everywhere: the academic and non-academic voices in the focus

    Chapter 5. A sign of a psychologist as an organizer

    Conclusion to Part 2

    Part 3: Becoming a psychologist: the multiple life trajectories


    Chapter 6. Thirteen pathways to entering the professional role


    Self-professionalizing cases

    Respondent 6a - Vik

    Respondent 6b - Snap

    Respondent 6c - Uur

    Respondent 6d - Mes

    Respondent 6e – Hei

    Respondent 6f- Ris

    Respondent 6g– Aet

    Self-personalizing cases

    Respondent 6h – Gar

    Respondent 6i - Par

    Self-maintaining cases

    Respondent 6j - Ele

    Respondent 6k– Pai

    Respondent 6l- Ain

    Respondent 6m - Eri

    Summary of the general findings


    Conclusion to Part 3

    Part 4: General Implications: Basic principles of the socio-cultural construction of professional identity

    Chapter 7. The construction of professional identity through the lens of cultural psychology

    Concluding thoughts: The future in construction




    Katrin Kullasepp is Associate Professor of General Psychology at Tallinn University, Estonia.