Special Section: Revisiting “Truth” in an Era of “Post-Truth”
Introduction: Revisiting “Truth” in an Era of “Post-Truth”
Lisa M. Osbeck & Stephen L. Antczak
Is Truth Relative?
Truth as Trophy: The Social Construction of Veracity
Spencer A. McWilliams
Truth and Affordances
Barbara S. Held
Truth, Half-Truth, and Post-Truth: Lessons from William James
Saulo de Freitas Araujo
Waves of Information, Suffocated Understanding, and the Place for Narrative Inquiry in the “Post-Truth” Era
James Christopher Head
Truth in a Post-Truth World: Transcendence and the Essence of Mattering
Edwin E. Gantt & Richard N. Williams
Freudian Frontiers of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy: A Case of Improvement of Scientific Knowledge?
Giridhari Lal Pandit
The Social Construction of Conspiracy Beliefs: A Q-Methodology Study of How Ordinary People Define Them and Judge Their Plausibility
Lauren Daniel & David J. Harper
Paths in Utopia: School as Holding Environment for the Dialogical Self
Rasch Models in the Analysis of Repgrid Data
Daiana Colledani, Pasquale Anselmi & Egidio Robusto
Teachers’ Professional Identity Construction: A Sociocultural Approach to Its Definition and Research
Mariana Solari & Elena Martín Ortega
“If my Plan Doesn’t Work, I’ll Follow the Doctor’s Orders.” A Dialogical Self Analysis of Chronic Patients’ Medical Treatment Ambivalence
Pablo A. Herrera
The Application of the Repertory Grid in Forensic Practice
R. Kitson-Boyce, R. Wheatley & N. Blagden
The Narrating Self and the Experiencing Self in the Narratives of Women Who Have Experienced Trauma
Magdalena Kowalska, Mariusz Zięba & Katarzyna Wiecheć
What Predicts Meaning in Life? The Role of Perfectionistic Personality and Self-Compassion
Hanna Suh & Stephanie Shiqin Chong
Marking a Quiet Community: Analyzing Narratives of Community Reentry Among Filipino Plea Bargainers
Nico A. Canoy & Angelique Pearl Virtue P. Villasanta
Automated Leadership Assessments: Is Assessing Complexity an Option?
David Kraichy & Krista Uggerslev
Theoretical Pluralism in Transcultural Research: Chinese People Constructing Selves in the UK
Yijia Zuo & Tom Billington
Centrifugal–Centripetal Dynamics in the Dialogical Self: A Case Study of a Boundary Experience in Teacher Education
Alastair Henry & Maria Mollstedt
Psy-disciplines, Cybernetic Theory, and the Social Control of Human Subjects
Review of Cybernetic Psychology and Mental Health: A Circular Logic of Control Beyond the Individual, by Timothy J. Beck, Routledge, 2020, 176 pp. 978-0367252946 (e-book)
“Start with a Case…”: Scaling up in Personal and Relational Construct Psychology
Review of Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy, by Harry Procter and David Winter, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2020, 387 pp., 32,09 Eur., ISBN 978-3-030-52177-6
Radical Challenges to Psychiatry and the Conventional Treatment of Mental Health in the late 1960’s and 70s
Hans A. Skott-Myhre
Transgressive Trans Desires as Epistemology: A Radically Practical Resource
Looking Through the lens of system justification
Evan A. Valdes
Not Quite Beyond the DSM
Jonathan D. Raskin
Check out the first of our 2022 mega-issues!
Includes a special section on the Power Threat Meaning Framework.
The Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the next International Personal Construct Psychology Congress entitled “The encounter with the other: the space where love and threat confront each other.” The congress will take place in person at the University of Padua between the 13th and 16th of July 2022.
The Congress will coincide with the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the ancient University of Padua in this beautiful City, home of Renaissance Art.
Abstract submissions are open up to the 28th of February. To submit a presentation, a symposium, a workshop or a poster, please open the abstract submission form. Early-bird registration is available until 15th of April. For any further information, please visit https://www.pcp2021.org
Looking forward to meeting you all in person again,
The Organising Committee
What Dimension of Meaning in Life is the Stronger Predictor of Borderline Personality Disorder Symptom?
Fátima Lorca, Sandra Pérez, Francesc Giner & José H. Marco
Metaphor Response Categories and Distribution Between Therapists and Clients: A Case Study in the Chinese Context
Exploring Family Drawings with Children Elaborating Role Relationships, Self-Other Constructions
Understanding the Dynamics of Intergroup Relations from the Perspectives of Western Immigrants Living in Korea
Junhyoung Kim, Andrea Jasper, Jaehyun Kim & Se-Hyuk Park
Therapists’ Clinical Work between Sessions: A Preliminary Study of the Post Session Therapist Questionnaire
Diego Rocco, Elena Antonelli, Giulia Bassi & Silvia Salcuni
Team Coaching Psychology: Toward an Integration of Constructivist Approaches
Substance Abuse Among Health Professionals: A Personal Construct Analysis
Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa, Silvia Gebac, María Dolores Braquehais, Enric Llavayol, Alejandro Garcia-Gutierrez & Guillem Feixas
Hostility and Psychiatry: Spinning Our Wheels While Pretending to Know
Jonathan D. Raskin
Bowen’s Views on Family Revisted
Review of Bowen Theory's Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families, by Michael E. Kerr. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 2019, 382 pp. USA $47.50 CAN 63.50
Jay S. Efran & Jay Lappin
Experiential Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Reflective Process
David D. Christian, Danny L. McCarty & Cian L. Brown
COVID-19: Common Constructions of the Pandemic and Their Implications
Sabrina Cipolletta & Maria Cristina Ortu
Co-Constructing Meaning in the Time of Coronavirus
Rebecca J. Milner & Lennis G. Echterling
Responding to the Coronavirus: Reinventing Ourselves through Transformative Problem Solving
Michael F. Mascolo & Sandy Burbach
A Phenomenological Exploration of Epistemological Development through Socio-Psychological Decision Making
Ghina Saleem & Syeda Salma Hasan
What Do Millennials Think of Their Past, Present, and Future Happiness, and Where Does Their Happiness Reside?
Damodar Suar, Amrit Kumar Jha, Sitanshu Sekhar Das, Priya Alat & Pooja Patnaik
Contrasting Perspectives: Inspiring Critical Thinking
Review of Abnormal Psychology: Contrasting Perspectives, by Jonathan D. Raskin. Red Globe Press, 2019, 728 pp. Reviewed by Clarie J. Koehn, M.S., The University of Memphisset
Reviewed by Clarie J. Koehn
Franz Epting has been chosen to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his seminal contributions to the profession of psychology, according to a White House press release.
“We are proud to award this high honor to Dr. Epting,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced prior to President Joe Biden’s recent press conference. “Dr. Epting’s seminal work on personal construct theory makes him the ideal recipient for this award.”
“And it doesn’t hurt that he’s even older than I am,” quipped President Biden, with a chuckle, before adding “C’mon man! Medals are fun!”
Epting seemed unaware of the award when reached by phone at his home in Gainesville, Florida.
“Oh my!” he exclaimed. “But I haven't even finished my biography of George Kelly yet!"
Following a brief pause, he asked "Does the invitation include travel expenses? I’m retired and on a fixed income, you know.” He then accidentally hung up the phone.
When reached again, he quickly handed the phone receiver to his spouse, Mark Paris.
“Franz tells me he would be honored to attend the ceremony,” Mark reported, “as long as I handle purchasing our airfare to DC and personally chaperone the trip. It should work out pretty well. He gets the highest civilian honor a citizen can receive from the President of the United States. I get frequent flyer miles.”
Word of Epting’s award spread quickly throughout the personal construct community.
“It’s wonderful, even if these silly American awards make no sense to me,” remarked longtime personal construct psychologist Jörn Scheer from his home in Germany. “They give him a blue ribbon with a cheap looking medal attached. So what? Besides, the Americans haven’t hosted a personal construct psychology conference since 2014. Franz really ought to do something about that.”
Psychologists David Winter and Harry Procter, reached by email in the UK, congratulated Franz and then promptly invited him to an online Zoom lecture about their new book on personal and relational construct therapy.
“Do you have to be an American to get this award?” asked Procter. “If not, perhaps David and I might be in the running next year?”
“I’m retired. Leave me alone!” shouted Larry Leitner when contacted at his home in Iowa and asked to comment on his friend being given the highest honor a US president can bestow. “Why is the press hounding me now, instead of when I was at the height of my career and it actually mattered? Had the media paid more attention years ago when I was starting up my TV talk show, it might not have been canceled after just two weeks on the air. I haven’t had a single ROLE relationship with a reporter since!”
Leitner paused, then added “Oh, and congratulations Franz. I owe you a gourmet meal at the four star Nobu Los Angeles. Fixed income be damned!”
Social media lit up with enthusiasm about the award, most of it under the hashtag #FreedomAwardFREPTING. But Epting was not interested.
“I prefer sociality to social media,” he joked.
President Biden will present the award at a yet-to-be-announced ceremony later this year.
Special Issue: Constructing Processes of Involuntary Global Migration
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We are very sad to announce the passing of Rue L. Cromwell on December 9, 2020. Rue was 92 years old.
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Issues 3 and 4 of the 2020 volume of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology are now available.