Construct Your Reality and Show Us Its Benefits: Comment on Richardson (1993)

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M. S. Richardson (1993) has argued that counseling psychologists are resistant to new ideas, resulting in the field's premature rigidity in career development theory, orientation toward White, middle-class individuals, and delay in the incorporation of advances in developmental psychology into its theory and research. I argue that career psychologists suffer less from an adherence to established theories than from the lack of systematic, theory-based research programs. The most effective way to improve theory and research in vocational psychology is to identify new theoretical insights that merit attention and to teach scholars new methods of investigation. Also, people focus on that which they find interesting, and vocational psychology will make significant progress in issues that are relevant to minorities and working-class individuals when people who have intrinsic interests in issues facing these populations have been educated as psychologists.

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