Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology

Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology

by Vivien Burr, Trevor Butt


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Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology by Vivien Burr, Trevor Butt

This 'invitation' focuses on questions of personality in everyday life that intrigue and puzzle us. In this way, we are introduced to both the principles and the fascinating methods of the psychology of personal constructs. This second edition incorporates the recent work on trauma and grieving that has been produced by psychotherapists in this field.

It also includes a guide to up to date developments in constructivist theory and method. Without losing sight of the important issues that we all encounter in our lives, the authors provide a compelling invitation to this approach to personality. Written in plain English, with numerous examples, they show how we both make and find meaning in the world that confronts us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781870332484
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Pages: 152

Table of Contents

Preface to second editionvii
Preface to first editionix
Chapter 1Introduction1
Part IConstructive Alternativism
Chapter 2Is That a Fact?13
Chapter 3Are You Friends or Lovers?19
Chapter 4Am I Gay?25
Chapter 5Are You Ruled by Your Head or Your Heart?31
Part IIThe Nature of Personality
Chapter 6Can You Change Your Personality?41
Chapter 7Do Opposites Attract?47
Chapter 8What am I Really Like?51
Chapter 9What Made Me the Way I Am?56
Chapter 10Why Have You Changed?64
Part IIIReconstruing Illness
Chapter 11Am I a Neurotic?71
Chapter 12Why Worry?79
Chapter 13Am I Imagining This Pain?84
Chapter 14Am I an Addict?89
Chapter 15Am I Traumatised?97
Part IVReconstruing Change
Chapter 16Do I Really Want to Give Up Drinking?105
Chapter 17Can You Really Hypnotise People?111
Chapter 18Why Don't They Ever Learn?117
Part VMeasurement and Change
Chapter 19How Can We Measure Constructs?124
Chapter 20How Can I Change?133
Further Reading and References143

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