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Reflections in Personal Construct Theory explores different aspects of the important concept of reflexivity. In a series of thought-provoking chapters, several internationally renowned practitioners discuss the impact of reflexivity on various perspectives of their own work. Each chapter covers an aspect of Personal Construct Theory which the authors have found helpful in their own practices. They proceed to reveal how it relates to reflexivity, how they have incorporated this in practice, and how it has enhanced their understanding of their own process of self construing. As a result, valuable insights and practical guidance are provided both for professionals managing therapeutic relationships and those new to personal construct psychology.

Reflections in Personal Construct Theory represents an important new contribution to a central tenet of Personal Construct Psychology that continues to gain influence with scholars, researchers and practitioners across a broad range of disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470986547
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Richard J. Butler is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist formerly with Leeds Primary care Trust in the UK. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has published extensively in the areas of both clinical psychology and sport psychology. 
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Table of Contents

List of contributors xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xxv

Section I Exploring Personal Construct Theory 1

Chapter 1 Coming to terms with personal construct theory Richard Butler 3

Chapter 2 The construct Harry Procter 21

Section II The Men behind the Theory 41

Chapter 3 The George Kelly I knew Jay S. Efran 43

Chapter 4 Don Bannister through the looking glass Fay Fransella 57

Section III Construct Theory as a Meaningful Alternative 77

Chapter 5 Individuality, community and criminal behaviour James Horley 79

Chapter 6 Shaking hands with a serial killer David A. Winter 95

Chapter 7 Encounters of the puzzling kind: the organisational corollary in relation to self-construing Richard Butler 111

Chapter 8 Sauce for the gander Sally Robbins 131

Chapter 9 Griddled with angst: a roller-coaster ride on the repertory grid Richard Bell 145

Section IV Construct Theory as an Elaborative Choice 159

Chapter 10 Living aggressively Jonathan D. Raskin 161

Chapter 11 The guilty choice: reflections on dislodgement, extension and definition Peter Cummins 177

Chapter 12 Different readings of personal construct theory Trevor Butt 195

Chapter 13 The teacher, the singer and the personal construct theorist: an unlikely but fruitful dialogue Vivien Burr 209

Chapter 14 Reflexivity: what in the 'GAK' is that? Desley Hennessy 221

Section V No One Need be a Victim of Their Biography 237

Chapter 15 Differentiating the I from the ME Jerald R. Forster 239

Chapter 16 Mirror man David Green 251

Chapter 17 Landmarks on a personal odyssey Finn Tschudi 263

Chapter 18 Reconstruing after a change in health status Jorn Scheer 279

Chapter 19 Constructions of deathand loss: a personal and professional evolution Robert A. Neimeyer 293

Chapter 20 Reflections on the creation of a dissertation Dennis Hinkle 319

Section VI The Client as an Active Participant 329

Chapter 21 Enculturing reflexivity across cultures: non-PC lessons from study abroad Naoimh O'Connor 331

Chapter 22 The icing on the sausage: The emancipation of constructive alternativism Dina Pekkala 347

Chapter 23 Theory, therapy and life: experiential personal construct psychology and the 'desert places' of a therapist Larry M. Leitner 361

Chapter 24 Reflexivity, research and practice: explorations in experiential personal construct psychology Alexandra L. Adame Anthony J. Pavlo Brendon M. Smith Hugo J. Schielke Larry M. Leitner 375

Chapter 25 The joint experiment of research supervision Beverly M. Walker 389

Section VII And Finally ... Reflections on Reflexivity 403

Chapter 26 Critical consciousness in action: reflections on reflection in, from and beyond personal construct psychology Bill Warren 405

Index 421

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