A Primer in Personal Construct Psychology
Michael F. Mascolo
This presentation will contain an introduction to George Kelly’s personal construct psychology for those who may not be familiar with it. It will start with the concepts of constructivism, constructive alternativism, and the person-as-scientist metaphor – the idea that persons are always open to construe the world in alternative ways. I will then explore the various forms of constructivism (radical constructivism, constructivism, social constructionism) and identify where Kelly stands within the range of these various approaches. The presentation will then turn to an analysis of Kelly’s theory of personality as it is embodied in his fundamental postulate and 11 corollaries, and how his model addresses core issues in psychology, personality theory, psychotherapy and social sciences in general. I will conclude with a critical analysis of the strengths and challenges of Kelly’s theory, and its relevance to the interdisciplinary matrix in the 21st century.
Michael F. Mascolo is Professor of Psychology at…well, uh… do you really care about that? Don’t your eyes glaze over when you read biographies? Michael F. Mascolo is a person – just like you. He has thoughts, emotions and dreams. He has a bunch of insecurities and some delusions of grandeur. He trusts that you will not call attention to his insecurities, and hopes that you will provide just enough validation to feed his pathetic delusions. He’s written this and that, but what’s more important is the dialogue that arises among us that results, possibly, from what he has to say.