chapter  1
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Personal construct psychotherapy: forerunner of constructivist psychotherapies

Around the middle of the last century, Dr. George A. Kelly, a psychology teacher at the Ohio State University in Kansas, began to share, with about twenty colleagues on a weekly basis, hundreds of pages of notes he had been accumulating over the last twenty years. The original aim was to write a handbook of clinical procedures; but, when the author realised that the hows of clinical practice rested on many implicit basic assumptions taken for granted, he began coping with the necessity to explain the whys. When doing that, he discovered that `in the years of relatively isolated clinical practice we had wandered far off the beaten paths of psychology, much farther than we had ever suspected' (Kelly, 1991a/1955, p. xi).