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About the Australasian Personal Construct Group

The Australasian Personal Construct Group is devoted to the Psychology of Personal Constructs (PCP).

The Psychology of Personal Constructs was introduced in 1955 by the (North) American psychologist George A. Kelly as a new approach to psychology which focusses on the meanings that people attach to persons, situations and events they encounter. These meanings, the "personal constructs" of a person, serve also as guidelines for the actions one takes to cope with the demands and challenges of life. At the same time, Kelly designed a number of instruments to use in research on and assessment of personal constructs. The best known is the Repertory Grid Technique, which now catches the interest even of researchers and practitioners not based in Personal Construct Psychology. The idiographic, or individual centred, nature of the theory invites a qualitative approach, yet the Repertory Grid Technique lends itself also to a quantitative analysis of constructs and construct systems, thus reconciliating these approaches that are often viewed as antagonistic. 

The Australasian Personal Construct Group is connected to the Personal Construct Psychology Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) . Its members live in Australia and New Zealand.

The Group issues a Newsletter and organises a biennial Conference. The last one was held in thr Hunter Valley in 2012.

The PCP References database originally compiled by Gabriele Chiari (Rome) is located at the University of Wollongong. 

More information on PCP is available through te PCP Gateway.

Last update 30-December-2012