|Unlike the majority of
personality definitions, where personality is
most often defined as distinctive individual character or that inherent
of human beings which makes them individual, personality in PCP is
the eyes of the beholder. Personality is an abstraction from the
activity of a
person, with subsequent generalization of this abstraction to all
relationships of that person to other persons.
points about personality
are of crucial importance:
||it is not an inherent object that should be
discovered, but an
assessment based on abstraction of known activity of an individual
it can be generalized to the unknown activity of that person;
|it is based
on a person’s relationship to other persons and not on some inner
|it is not neutral, but a value-laden term; and
|it is a course of events
– a process, not a static entity.
person in PCP is perceived as the intersect of many construct dimensions. This means that a
person is a unique combination of dichotomous
categorical interpretations. Although it is often said that PCP equates
personality with personal construct
systems, persons in PCP are above all social
beings, construed in the realm of social relations. Society therefore
the necessary condition for the constitution of personal beings, their
and personalities. Furthermore, social situations and social
not determined by some inner essence of individual beings that occurs
them. Instead, people are determined and formed by their interpersonal
relations. Thus personality in PCP does not reside in the human
interior, but in the social space with other personal beings. One has
these social relations in order to become a person him or herself.
personality is not given at birth; instead it is potential
which has to be constructed through mutual relationship
with others. Simply stated, we need others to acquire our own
Talking about others, we reveal our own abstractions, dimensions of
which comprise our own personal systems. In order to assess the
an individual, we must assess the ways (s)he makes sense about others.
Therefore, what one says about another person becomes the source of
the speaker, more than the person who is being spoken about.