Music and personal constructs..

Hemant Desai (
Fri, 30 Sep 1994 00:01:20 -0500 (CDT)

A.J. Zolten wrote:

> I've been mulling over some thoughts since Indianapolis and Larry
> Leitner's plenary session entitled "Emotions, desires and passions:
> Critical aspects of PCP", particularly because he used musical lyrics
> to emphasize the felt experience of clients and his attempts to
> communicate with them at the feeling level, rather than the
> technical level of Kelly's formal theory.

> Music appears to be this universal vehicle for the expression of
> emotion, and I'm wondering if anyone within PCP or other
> constructivist camps have written about it. If so, please post
> references, if not please post your opinions regarding some of my
> thoughts.
Hi, A.J.!

Two references to music and pcp can be found in: Fransella, F., &
Thomas, L. (1988). Experimenting with personal construct psychology.
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

They are:

1) Applying PCP to constructs related to music. Miriam Ben-Perez &
Devorah Kalekin-Fishman. pp 515-530

2) Music and personal constructs. Eric Button. pp.531-538.

Music seems to have the subjectivity that would make for an
interesting study perhaps by eliciting constructs from people as to
what they look for in their favorite types of music. Such as: lyrical
content v/s rhythm; country v/s jazz, etc. Let me know if you
plan such a study, I'll gladly volunteer to be a subject. Hemant