Re: Core Constructs

Ana Catina (catina@Psyres-Stuttgart.DE)
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 09:57:46 +0100 (MET)

Dear Charles,
I may misunderstand you, but I have the feeling that you doubt that a
shared value can be a core construct. If so, think at the gangs culture,
and how their members identify themselves with shared values of the gang.
Such values might be personally re-interpreted but some of them are very
dogmatic defined and are as such valid for the whole group. I worry
sometime that we forget this shared (commonality in construing), for fear
for hurting the "personal" of the PCP. Personally, I am focused on social
stereotypes now and they seem to be able to become very "core"!

Dr.Phil. Ana Catina
Center for Psychotherapy Research
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70597 Stuttgart

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On Thu, 19 Dec 1996, Charles Smith wrote:

> Can I thank everyone for their replies to my query on core constructs, which
> have done much to clarify this for me.
> I wonder if some of the confusion arises from the use of the word 'value'.
> Management textbooks on workplace culture refer extensively to 'shared
> values' but I'm sure we don't turn up at work with common core constructs.
> On the one hand it may be that, as Beverly says, 'Our very being is at
> issue'. On the other hand we may construe ourselves in terms of shared
> social norms, but hold these lightly.
> Best wishes for a happy Christmas
> Charles Smith