Contrasts and synergies: A comment on Jones (2022)

Viv Burr, Nigel King

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In response to Jones’s (2022) article, we argue that if we understand personal construct psychology as being less rationalistic and more holistic than is often assumed, important synergies between it and Jungian analytical psychology can be observed. We argue that the two theories can be considered to align with each other on a number of points. These include taking a similar epistemological position, a recognition of psychological processes operating outside of immediate awareness, and the implications that these can have for personal change. We argue for a more “social” understanding of personal construct psychology than Jones allows for, and further suggest that possibilities for its alignment with social constructionism should not be understated. We conclude that both theories deserve greater visibility in the world of academic psychology, and argue for greater consideration of their potential use in research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
JournalTheory and Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


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