Still waiting for the evaluation results, but while I sit around being edgy, here’s the thesis abstract for you to check out. The whole thing will be uploaded in the University’s library database where you can read it later on.
UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY OF TATTOOED PSYCHOLOGISTS:
The professional self-esteem, sense of not belonging and intentional behavior modeling of four tattooed professionals from the field of psychology and psychiatry
“The growing prevalence of body modifications, such as tattoos and piercings, has recently started to reach all social structures and fields of profession, including psychology students and even professional psychologists. Tattoos are not just for bikers and prisoners anymore – they are for everyone, including many current and future psychologists, whose work demands consideration for one’s appearance and relies greatly on the quality of interaction with the client or patient. This qualitative case study of four tattooed Finnish professionals from the field of psychology and psychiatry aims to explore the impact tattoos can have on the professional experience of a psychologist. The subjects were interviewed twice about their experiences with tattoos, work and clients or patients. Qualitative analysis of the interview data revealed three themes revolving around the interviewees’ professional identity: a sense of not belonging among their peers; a strong professional self-esteem despite of feeling like an outsider; and a will to model a certain free-spirited and accepting attitude to their clients or patients. This suggests that the professional identity of a tattooed psychologist might be atypical or constructed differently than their professional peers’. The subject hasn’t been studied much previously and still requires more research.”