Applying paths in psychology are analysed such as plural construction of interlacement between a phenomenon (social field) and an expert knowledge (specific science). Outcomes are outlined according to the possible role played by the phenomenon in the construction of applying practice (= text). Three possible paths are introduced and described where the phenomenon assumes the role of: a) pre-post-text (i.e. activator of a scientific research and receptor of its results); b) con-text (i.e. guide/innovator of the research paradigmatic glance); c) in-text (constructor of the research process itself on the basis of the demand for knowledge/intervention expressed by the social domain). Finally, the paper discusses implications on the methodology of applying, as well as on professionalization of applied research in psychology.
Keywords: Psicologia applicata, costruzione sociale della psicologia applicata, analisi psicologico-organizzativa dell’applicare