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.
To enable communication now that conferences had to be cancelled to due to the Corona events, some colleagues have set up an online Constructivist Meet-up Series.
Harry Procter (UK) writes:
The latest Programme in the Meetup Series can be found in this link:
If anyone is interested in joining our Constructivist Meetup Series of presentations coming up, email me and I will put you on the mailing list. We're not making it totally public as we may get overwhelmed
Please email me at email@example.com with your name and email address with a note about your affiliation and knowledge of personal construct psychology and I will put you on the mailing list to obtain a link before each of the presentations.
CALL FOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF BOOK REVIEWS: JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOLOGY
The Journal of Constructivist Psychology (JCP) is searching for a new Associate Editor for Book Reviews.
Preference will be given to individuals who meet the following criteria:
Associate Editors receive a $500 annual stipend and appear on the journal masthead. The period of appointment is 3 years, with opportunities for renewal and extension of the appointment.
Please submit a CV and a brief cover letter describing your interest in serving as JCP Associate Editor for Book Reviews, as well as your relevant editorial experience, to Dr. Jonathan Raskin (co-editor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin June 15 and continue until the position is filled.
UPDATE Aug 1, 2020: THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.
Good Intentions: Exploring Narratives of Preferred Parenting in Families of a Young Person Who Has Experienced a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP)
Sophie Rea & Rudi Dallos
Published online: 16 Apr 2019
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Self-Control and Weight-Loss Practices: An Exploration of Repertory Grid Constructs
Jennifer M. Young, Denise M. Conroy & Sara R. Jaeger
Published online: 04 Feb 2019
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Will Bootstrap Clustering Resuscitate Repertory Grid Assessment of Cognitive Complexity? Convergence with Integrative and Dialogical Complexity Suggests It Could
Miroslav Filip & Marie Kovářová
Published online: 17 Jan 2019
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Grieving From the Womb: Meaning Construction in Response to Father Loss Before Birth
Michal Mahat-Shamir & Shani Pitcho-Prelorentzos
Published online: 12 Feb 2019
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Aborted Transition Between Two Dichotomous Cultures as Seen Through Dialogical Self Theory
Published online: 26 Mar 2019
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Innovative Moments as Developmental Change Levels: A Case Study on Meaning Integration in the Treatment of Depression
Pablo Fernández-Navarro, António P. Ribeiro, Kerem K. Soylemez & Miguel M. Gonçalves
Published online: 04 Apr 2019
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Democratic Self-Governance: A Way Forward for Society
Published online: 03 Apr 2019
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