Interestingly, there is some evidence that authors who classify personal construct theory as cognitive tend to show the most misinterpretations of Kelly's ideas (Walker, 1991).
Thus, one might think that there is little doubt that personal construct theory is one of "a family of theories that share the assertion that human knowledge and experience entail the (pro)active participation of the individual" (Mahoney, 1988, p.
Her views on this matter appeared to change over the space of a page in her book on George Kelly, where she wrote that "I see no problem at all in personal construct theory being subsumed under the label constructivist" (Fransella, 1995, p.
It is now clear to me that the constructivist movement and interest in qualitative methods have paved the way for a much wider acceptance of personal construct theory and repertory grid method, and I see no reason why they will not continue to be accepted and used.
Fransella's views regarding personal construct theory and constructivism were interpreted by Raskin (2004) as reflecting the threat and anxiety experienced by the personal construct psychology community in the face of change.
The extent and nature of these latter misunderstandings, which we shall now consider, perhaps indicate the importance of the role that Fransella and others have taken as "guardians" of personal construct theory and the purity of its concepts.
As Neimeyer (1985) has indicated, this may have been necessary in the early stages of the development of personal construct theory to emphasize its distinctiveness, but it is now only likely to lead to further intellectual isolationism.
This is a particular issue for personal construct theory since Kelly (1955) considered that "a different approach calls for a different lexicon" and "many old terms are unhitched from their familiar meanings" (p.
While some reports of clinical applications of personal construct theory (e.
A similar resistance to the use of symptom-focused outcome measures, in addition to those viewed as more compatible with personal construct theory, displays a singular lack of sociality with clients as well as commissioners of health services.