The meaning of psychology and the psychologist's training: a case study

Norma da Luz Ferrarini Denise de Camargo About the authors

From the perspective of Historic-Cultural Psychology, meanings of psychology are investigated by UFPR students of three focus groups regarding definition, objects and goals of Psychology. The reports, analyzed based on the method of Critical Discourse Analysis of Fairclough, point to theoretical and methodological plurality, with various independent meanings of Psychology existing independently, as if different theories did not belong in the same field of knowledge, lacking identity and the definition of objects and goals. It reveals doubt about where professional psychologists stand, and the profession is described with uncertainty. They feel the need for consistent methodological and theoretical positions and for closer relationship between theory and practice. They express feelings of uncertainty, powerlessness, fragility and insecurity for not knowing what they should be doing or where to find answers. The multiplicity and diversity of psychology reaffirm its complexity and warns that the teacher/researcher should establish dialogue based on other references.

education of the psychologist; meaning of psychology

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil