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George Kelly

'We are not disturbed by events, but by the view we take of them'. Thus spoke the Stoic philosopher Epictetus 2,000 years ago. George Kelly elaborated this position in Personal Construct Theory, one of the foremost theories of personality in the twentieth century. Psychological disturbance is not caused by what happens to us - it is the product of our widely differing interpretations of what happens. These interpretations form what George Kelly called a system of personal constructs, and is the key to all our thoughts, actions and feelings. His pragmatic approach to psychology arose in his clinical practice and has been a strong formative influence on both clinical psychology and personality theory. In this accessible and fascinating account of the theory, Trevor Butt takes us through the development of Kelly's work, setting it in its historical and philosophical context. The Psychology of Personal Constructs is outlined, along with its implications for both assessing and modifying personal construct systems.
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Table of Contents

Preface.- Issues in Personality.- A Pragmatic Approach.- Personal Construction and Meaning.- A New Humanism.- The Problem of Choice.- Psychological Change and Reconstruction.- The Unconscious and Human Destructiveness.- A Psychology of Understanding.- Further Reading .- Index.

About the Author

TREVOR BUTT is Reader in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He trained as a clinical psychologist and is a past Chair of the British Psychological Society's Psychotherapy Section. He is the co-editor of Personal Construct Theory and Practice and the author of Understanding People (Palgrave 2004) and, with Vivien Burr, Invitation to Personal Construct Psychology (Whurr 2004).

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