Issue 2 for 2023 now available.
Meaning in Life and Society
Joel Vos, Pninit Russo-Netzer, and Stefan E. Schulenberg
As if they hadn’t banned enough things in recent times, the State of Florida went ahead this week and banned constructive alternativism.
“Constructive alternativism is a perverted and, frankly, un-American lifestyle choice,” said Governor Ron DeSantis at the ceremony in Tallahassee where he signed the bill into law on Friday. “In fact, it is one among the many alternative ‘lifestyles’ ruining our nation. I can proudly say that in Florida, it will not be tolerated. If you engage in it, prepare to be prosecuted.”
When informed by reporters that constructive alternativism was an obscure theoretical concept from a 1950s psychological theory and not a sexual orientation, Governor DeSantis seemed undeterred, and a little confused.
“Those are just not the kinds of alternatives we want Floridians to have,” said the governor.
“Are you saying that Americans must be accumulative fragmentalists?” asked one reporter.
“Well, um, sure. Yeah. Of course!” stammered DeSantis. “Accumulative fragma … fragma … whatever you call it … it, um, is at the core of American capitalism. Right? After all, in the U.S., we live by the motto ‘he who accumulates the most wins!’”
Reactions across Florida were mixed. Some people were skeptical of the new law, feeling it distracted from the governor’s central agenda.
“Why aren’t we staying focused on banning the important things in Florida?” asked Bradley Gunn, a parent of two in Lakeland. “You know, like books and gay people.”
But others were more sanguine.
“Constructive alternativism is like marijuana. It’s a gateway to more dangerous forms of constructivism,” said Mary Anne McGroin of Stark. “Once people start exploring alternative epistemologies, who knows where it could lead.”
25th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology in Barcelona from July 10 to 13, 2023
The 25th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology will be held in Barcelona, Spain from July 10-13, 2023. It is an invitation for anyone interested in personal construct theory (PCT) from whatever background to come and share their ideas regarding the application and development of PCT. We welcome the participation of practitioners, academics, researchers and students from a PCT background as well as from related approaches such as constructivists, constructionists and narrative. The welcome extends to anyone using or critiquing PCT and its related methodologies such as repertory and qualitative grids, and laddering.
The International Congresses aim to explore developments and applications of methods of PCT across the diverse range of fields of research and practice that it has informed including education, counselling, business, the arts, architecture, and religion. A common feature underpinning these diverse fields is the personal construing of people as they generate meaning and make choices based on their personal experience.
Barcelona is hosting the International PCP Congress for the second time after almost 30 years. The first time was in 1995.
The congress is sponsored by the George Kelly Society (GKS). See the congress website for further details.
Issue 1 for 2023 is now available.
It features a special section on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Table of contents
Check out the final issue of 2022, including a special section on Ancient Wisdom: Anticipating the Future.
Issue 3 of the 2022 volume has been published.
It includes a Special Section on Sociality, Intersubjectivity, and Social Conflict.
Issue contents available here.
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.
PCP 2022 Congress
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