Research Summary

Meaningful Work as a Process of Imagination, Narrative, Self-Efficacy and Enactment

by Timothy Butler


I am particularly concerned with the elicitation of images as they represent, in their association and amplification, the fullness of cognition in its affective, rational and behavioral dimensions. Careers may be conceptualized as a reciprocal interaction of imagination, narrative building and enactment. I am interested in an individual’s capacity to generate images of meaningful work, understand how these images can become realized in the full context of his or her life, and move toward work roles and work environments where these images may be enacted. In regard to this “moving toward” aspect, I have an interest in social cognitive psychology and, in particular, career self-efficacy. I am currently beginning a new study in this area which will look at self-efficacy for career satisfaction.