This book provides a comprehensive overview of personal construct psychology (PCP) that will help researchers understand the why’s, what’s and how’s of conducting a rigorous constructivist research project. From the theoretical underpinnings of constructivist approaches to the practical values of these techniques, these three expert authors explain how to conduct interpretative, constructivist research from inception to completion. Key topics include:  • Understanding research philosophies and paradigms  • Constructing and exploring personal realities  • Establishing effective research procedures  • Evaluating grids, mapping, narrative and other research methods  • Managing the practicalities of fieldwork  • Analysing and presenting data With activities and procedural examples from a wide range of disciplines woven throughout the text and two special chapters featuring in-depth case studies from a variety of constructivist researchers, this book helps readers grasp the tools, designs, and opportunities of interpretative research. An essential companion for both researchers and practitioners looking to understand people’s values, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, or motivations!

Constructing personal realities

Key Points

  • Social and cultural influences on individual construing
  • Main tenets of PCP in relation to research
  • The experience of construing


In the preceding chapters we have emphasised and provided some illustrations of how particular individuals might view things differently under different circumstances and of how different individuals might view things differently under similar or the same circumstances. These ideas lie at the foundation of PCP theory, as we briefly indicated in Chapter Two where we discussed the evolution of psychological thinking, because it was a reflection on how different therapists understood the source of a patient’s problem and then derived approaches to solving it that stimulated George Kelly to theorise a different way of responding to and addressing his patients’ problems. We will now ...

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