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This booklist contains only books in English. Books are also included in the PCP references database at the University of Wollongong (Australia) Web Site.

For books in Spanish, see here, in German, see here, Italian here.

For a (subjective) list of "Essential Readings" see here.

A list of new books is here.






1. Kelly
2. History of PCP
3. Comprehensive treatments and edited books
4. Introductions to Repertory Grid Technique
5. Congress reports
6. Clinical psychology and related areas
7. Development and education
8. Business, Organisations, Law, Society
9. Arts





1. Kelly
  • Kelly GA (1955). The psychology of personal constructs. Vol. I, II. Norton, New York. (2nd printing: 1991, Routledge, London, New York)
  • Kelly GA (1963). A theory of personality. The psychology of personal constructs. Norton, New York (= Chapt. 1-3 of Kelly 1955). 
  • Kelly GA (1969). Clinical psychology and personality: The selected papers of George Kelly (ed B Maher). Wiley, New York. 





2. History of PCP
  • Butt, T. (2008). George Kelly. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Fransella F (1995). George Kelly. Sage, London 
  • Neimeyer RA (1985). The development of personal construct psychology. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.





3. Comprehensive texts and edited books
  • Adams-Webber J (1979). Personal construct theory. Concepts and applications. Wiley, Chichester, New York, Brisbane, Toronto.
  • Bannister D (1970). Perspectives in personal construct theory. Academic Press, London.
  • Bannister D (ed) (1977). New perspectives in personal construct theory. Academic Press, London, New York, San Francisco.
  • Bannister D (ed) (1985). Issues and approaches in personal construct theory. Academic Press, London.
  • Bannister D, Fransella F (1971). Inquiring man. The theory of personal constructs. Penguin, Harmondsworth. 
  • Bannister D, Mair JMM (1968). The evaluation of personal constructs. Academic Press, London, New York.
  • Burr V, Butt T (1992). Invitation to personal construct psychology. Whurr, London. (2nd edition published as 'Butt, T, Burr, V.' in 2004).
  • Fransella, F (Ed). (2003). International handbook of PCP. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Fransella, F. (Ed.) (2005). The Essential Practitioner’s Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Mancuso JC, Adams-Webber JR (eds)(1982). The construing person. Praeger, New York.
  • Mancuso JC, Shaw MLG (eds)(1987). Cognition and personal structure. New York: Praeger.
  • Neimeyer GJ, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1990). Advances in personal construct psychology, Vol 1. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT. 
  • Neimeyer GJ, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1992). Advances in personal construct psychology, Vol 2. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT. 
  • Neimeyer GJ, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1995). Advances in personal construct psychology, Vol 3. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT. 
  • Neimeyer GJ, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1997). Advances in personal construct psychology, Vol 4. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT.
  • Neimeyer GJ, Neimeyer RA (eds) (  ). Advances in personal construct psychology, Vol 5. JAI Press, Greenwich, CT. 
  • Shaw MLG (1980). On becoming a personal scientist. Academic Press, London.
  • Shaw MLG (1981). Recent advances in personal construct technology.
  • Shaw M. L. G., Keen, T. R. (1982). Practicalities of personal construct theory. Canada Cybersystems Publishing
  • Slater P (1964). The principal components of a repertory grid. Vincent Andrew, London.
  • Slater P (ed) (1976). The measurement of intrapersonal space by grid technique. Vol 1: Explorations of intrapersonal space. Wiley, London, New York, Sydney, Toronto.
  • Slater P (ed) (1977). The measurement of intrapersonal space by grid technique. Vol 2: Dimensions of intrapersonal space. Wiley, London, New York, Sydney, Toronto.
  • Stringer P, Bannister D (1971). Constructs of sociality and individuality. Academic Press, London. 
  • Warren, William (1998). Philosophical dimensions of Personal Construct Psychology. London: Routledge. 





4. Introductions to Repertory Grid Technique
  • Fransella F, Bannister D (1977). A manual for repertory grid technique. Academic Press, London, New York, San Francisco.
  • Fransella F, Bell, R, Bannister D (2003). A manual for repertory grid technique. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Fromm, M. (2004). Introduction to the Repertory Grid Interview. Münster: Waxmann
  • Jankowicz, A D (2003) The Easy Guide to Repertory Grids. Chichester: Wiley. 
  • Stewart V, Stewart A (1981). Business applications of repertory grid technique. McGraw-Hill, New York.(out of print).The first 7 chapters of this book are available for download here.





5. Conference reports
Proceedings of the International Congresses 7 (1987 in Memphis), 8 (1989 in Assisi), 9 (1991 in Albany), 11 (1995 in Barcelona), 12 (1997 in Seattle), 14 (2003 in Huddersfield) have not been published in special volumes.

Adams-Webber J, Mancuso JC (eds) (1983). Applications of personal construct theory. Academic Press, Don Mills, Canada.
4th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1982, St. Catherines/Canada
Bonarius H, Holland R, Rosenberg S (eds) (1981). Personal construct psychology. Recent advances in theory and practice. MacMillon, London, Basingstoke.
3rd International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1979, Breukelen/Niederlande
Caputi P (ed) (2001). The Abstracts of the 14th International Personal Construct Psychology Congress, 16-20 July 2001, University of Wollongong, NSW. Australian Journal of Psychology - Supplement 2001 (95-107).
14th International Personal Construct Psychology Congress, 16-20 July 2001, University of Wollongong, NSW.
Caputi, P., Foster, H., Viney, L. L. (eds.) (2006). Personal construct psychology: New Ideas. Chichester: Wiley.
14th International Personal Construct Psychology Congress, 16-20 July 2001, University of Wollongong, NSW.
Chiari G, Nuzzo ML (2003). Psychological Constructivism and the Social World. Milano: Franco Angeli
6th Conference of the European Personal Construct Association - EPCA 2002, Firenze/Italia
Denicolo, P. M., Pope, M. L. (eds.) (1997). Sharing understanding and practice. Farnborough: EPCA Publications
3rd Conference of the European Personal Construct Association - EPCA 1996, Reading/England
Ellis-Scheer, J M (ed) (2001). 'Beyond the Y2K - Construing the Future' - The Abstracts of the 9th Australasian Personal Construct Psychology Conference, July 2001, Bendigo, Vic. Australian Journal of Psychology - Supplement 2001 (90-94). 
9th Australasian Personal Construct Psychology Conference, July 2001, Bendigo, Vic.
Epting FR, Landfield AW (eds) (1985). Anticipating Personal construct theory. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska.
5th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1983, Boston, Mass./USA
Fisher, J., M., Cornelius, N. (Eds.) (2001). Challenging the boundaries: PCP perspectives for the new millennium. Farnborough: EPCA Publications.
5th Conference of the European Personal Construct Association - EPCA 2000, Malta
Fisher, John M., Savage, David J. (1999). Beyond experimentation into meaning. Papers from the 1998 EPCA Conference. Lostock Hall: Epca Publications. (290 p).
4th Conference of the European Personal Construct Association - EPCA 1998, Chester/England
Fransella F (eds) (1978). Personal construct psychology 1977. Academic Press, London, New York, San Francisco.
2nd International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1977, Oxford/England
Fransella F, Thomas L (eds) (1988). Experimenting with personal construct psychology. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London & New York.
6th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1985, Cambridge/England
Jones H, Dunnett G (eds.) (1992). Selected Papers from the Second British Conference on Personal Construct Psychology, York, England, 1990
2nd British Conference on Personal Construct Psychology 1990, York/England
Landfield AW, Cole, JK (ed) (1977). Nebraska symposium on motivation 1976, Univ. of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska
= 1st International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1976, Lincoln, Nebraska/USA
Raskin, J. D., Bridges, S. K. (Eds.) (2002). Studies in meaning. Exploring constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University Press.
9th Conference of the North American Personal Construct Network - NAPCN, 2000, New Paltz, NY/USA).
Scheer, J. W. (2000) (ed.). The Person in Society - Challenges to a Constructivist Theory . Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag
13th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1999, Berlin/Germany
Scheer, J. W., Catina A (1996) (eds). Empirical constructivism in Europe - The Personal Construct Approach . Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag
2nd Conference of the European Personal Construct Association - EPCA 1994, St. Andreasberg/Germany
Thomson A, Cummins P (1992). European perspectives in Personal Construct Psychology. Lincoln: European Personal Construct Association
Inaugural Conference of the EPCA 1992, York/England
Walker BM, Costigan J, Viney, LL, Warren B (eds) (1996). Personal Construct Theory. A Psychology for the Future. Australian Psychological Society: APS Imprint Book.
10th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology 1993, Townsville/Australien





6. Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Medical Psychology, etc.
  • Bannister D, Fransella F (1967). Grid Test of thought disorder: A standard clinical test. Psychological Test Publications, Barnstaple.
  • Beail N (ed)(1985). Repertory grid technique and personal constructs - Applications in clinical and educational settings. Croom Helm, London & Sydney. 
  • Beech, H.R., Fransella, F. (1968). Research and experiments in stuttering. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • Blowers, G. H., O´Connor, K. P. (1996). Personal construct psychology in the clinical context. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. 
  • Button E (ed) (1985). Personal construct theory and mental health. Brooksline, Cambridge, MA. 
  • Button, E (1993). Eating disorders. Personal construct therapy and change. Chichester: Wiley 
  • Courtney, C, (Ed.) (2000). Ups & Downs - lives of love, challenge and commitment. Blackburn: PenFold
  • Cummins, P. (Ed.) (2005). Working with anger: a constructivist approach. London: Wiley 
  • Dalton P, Dunnett G (1992). A psychology for living.- Personal construct theory for professionals and clients. Wiley, London. 2nd edition 2005 
  • Dunnett G (ed) (1988). Working with people. Clinical uses of personal construct psychology. Routledge, London. 
  • Epting, F.R. (1984). Personal construct counselling and psychotherapy. New York: Wiley.
  • Epting F, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1984). Personal meanings of death: Applications of personal construct theory to clinical practice. Hemisphere/MacGraw Hill, New York.
  • Faidley A, Leitner LM (1993). Assessing experience in psychotherapy. Westport: Praeger. 
  • Fransella F (1972). Personal change and reconstruction: research on a treatment of stuttering. Academic Press, London.
  • Fransella F, Dalton P (1990). Personal Contruct counselling in action. . Sage, London, Newbury Park, New Delhi. (2nd ed. 2002)
  • Hayhow R, Levy C (eds)(1989). Working with stuttering: a personal construct therapy approach. Bicester, Oxon: Winslow Press.
  • Landfield A (1971). Personal construct systems in psychotherapy. Rand McNally, Chicago.
  • Landfield A, Epting F (1987). Personal construct psychology: clinical and personality assessment. Human Sciences Press, New York. 
  • Landfield A, Leitner L (eds) (1980). Personal construct psychology: Psychotherapy and personality. Wiley Interscience, New York.
  • Leitner LM, Dunnett NGM (eds) (1993). Critical issues in personal construct psychotherapy. Krieger, Malabar 
  • Mair JM (1989). Between psychology and psychotherapy.- A poetics of experience. Routledge, London.
  • Neimeyer GJ (ed) (1993). Casebook of constructivist assessment. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 
  • Neimeyer, R. A. (Ed.) (199 ). Death Anxiety Handbook: Research, Instrumentation, and Application. Bristol/PA: Taylor and Francis.
  • Neimeyer RA, Mahoney MJ (eds) (1995). Constructivism in psychotherapy. Washinton, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 
  • Neimeyer RA, Neimeyer GJ (eds) (1987). Personal construct therapy casebook. Springer, New York. 
  • Raskin, J. D., Bridges, S. K. (Eds.) (2008): Studies In Meaning 3: Constructivist Psychotherapy in the Real World. New York: Pace University Press 
  • Ryle A (1975). Frames and cages: The repertory grid approach to human understanding. Chatto & Windus for Sussex University Press, London. 
  • Ryle A (1982). Psychotherapy: A cognitive integration of theory and practice. Academic Press, London. 
  • Viney, L. L. (1980). Transitions. North Ryde (NSW, Australia): Cassell.
  • Viney, L. L. (1983). Images of illness. Krieger, Malabar, Florida.
  • Viney, L. L. (1993). Life stories. Personal Construct Psychotherapy with the Elderly. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Viney, L. L. (1996). Personal construct therapy: A handbook. N.J.: Ablex.
  • Wass H, Berardo F, Neimeyer RA (eds) (1988). Dying: Facing the facts. Hemisphere/Harper & Row, New York. 
  • Winter D (1992). Personal construct theory in clinical practice. Routledge, London.
  • Winter, D., Viney, L.L. (Eds.)  (2005). Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in Theory, Practice and Research.  London: Wiley





7. Development, Education, Teaching
  • Beail N (ed) (1985). Repertory grid technique and personal constructs - Applications in clinical and educational settings. Croom Helm, London & Sydney. 
  • Breen D (1975). The birth of a first child. London: Tavistock.
  • Burnham S (2008). Let's Talk - Using Personal Construct Psychology to support children and young people. London; Chapman 
  • Butler, R., Green, D. (1998). The child within. The exploration of personal construct theory with young people. Oxford: Butterworth & Heinemann (+). £ 14.99
  • Candy PC (1981). Mirrors of the mind: Personal construct theory in the training of adult educators. Dept. of Adult and Higher Education., Univ. of Manchester. Manchester Monographs 16.
  • Denicolo, PM, Pope, M (2000). Transformative professional practice: Personal construct approaches to education and research. London: Whurr
  • Duck SW (1973). Personal relationships and personal constructs: a study of friendship formation. Wiley, London.
  • Morrison, P, Burnard, P (1991). Caring and communicating. The interpersonal relationship in nursing. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Pope, M, Denicolo, PM (2001). Transformative education: Personal construct approaches to practice and research. London: Whurr.
  • Pope M, Keen T (1981). Personal construct psychology and education. Academic Press, London 
  • Ravenette, A. T. (1997). Tom Ravenette: Selected papers. Personal construct psychology and the practice of an educational psychologist. Farnborough: EPCA Publications.
  • Ravenette, Tom (1999). Personal Construct Theory in Educational Psychology - A Practitioner's View. London: Whurr. (281 p, £ 19.50)
  • Salmon, P. (1988). Psychology for teachers: an alternative approach. Hutchison Education.
  • Salmon P (1995). Psychology in the classroom: Reconstructing teachers and learners. London: Cassell (= 2nd edition of Salmon, P. (1988). Psychology for teachers) 
  • Thomas, L.F., Harri-Augstein, E.S. (1985). Self-organised learning: Foundations of a conversational science for psychology. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.





8. Business, Organisations, Law, Society
  • Horley, J (Ed.) (2003) Personal Construct Perspectives on Forensic Psychology. London: Brunner-Routledge. 
  • Kalekin-Fishman, D., Walker, B. M. (eds.) (1996). The construction of group realities. Malabar, Florida: Krieger
  • Scheer, J W (Ed.). (2003) Crossing Broders - Going Places. Personal Constructions of Otherness. Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag (click here for details and special price)
  • Stewart V, Stewart A (1981). Business applications of repertory grid technique. McGraw-Hill, New York.(out of print).The first 7 chapters of this book are available for download as a zip-file (154K) .






9. Arts

  • Scheer, J. W., Sewell, K. W. (2006). Creative Construing. Personal Constructions in the Arts. Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag.




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