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Personal Construct Theory

  1. Robert A. Neimeyer,
  2. Sara K. Bridges

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0660

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Neimeyer, R. A. and Bridges, S. K. 2010. Personal Construct Theory. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. University of Memphis

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Personal construct theory (PCT) represents a coherent, comprehensive psychology of personality that has special relevance for psychotherapy. Originally drafted by the American psychologist George Kelly in 1955, PCT has been extended to a variety of domains, including organizational development, education, business and marketing, and cognitive science. However, its predominant focus remains the study of individuals, families, and social groups, with particular emphasis on how people organize and change their views of self and world in the counseling context.


  • constructivist theory;
  • repertory grid methods;
  • personality theory;
  • psychotherapy