Re: Aesthetics, PCP and broaders issues in general.

Mancuso, James C. (
Tue, 19 May 1998 08:02:08 -0400


Esteban Laso wrote:

> Hi
> A short one, this time. Jim Mancuso wrote:
> >>
> One of the underlying constraints on wider use of personal construct
> psychology in efforts to interpret a broader range of issues, I believe,
> stems from the reluctance of personal construct psychologists to branch
> into areas other than those traditionally assigned to the roles of
> applied psychologist. One of our colleagues on the net recently pointed
> out, for example, that there have been very few efforts to use personal
> construct psychology to discuss political issues.
> In another context, someone questioned my constant use of personal
> construct psychology as I discussed an issue about which we were
> exchanging ideas. My response was along the line that if one could
> discuss all kinds of human conduct in terms of psychoanalytic
> constructions, why have we not succeeded in creating the conditions in
> which the constructions of personal construct psychology are equally
> ubiquitous??
> I agree -as long as we avoid what psychoanalysis seems to do: talking about
> everything while saying actually nothing! (Has anybody read Freud's articles
> on crowd psychology?) I guess we should better define our system rather than
> extend it.
> Regards
> Esteban

I appreciate your comments. I look forward to more.

I hold the view that we have developed a system that is far more
comprehensive, far more compatible with the best of the findings of modern
psychology, and far more useful in explaining the everyday conduct of persons
than psychoanlaysis ever has been.
I certainly would not want to replicate the garbage that I needed to sit
through as I studied literature, during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Yet, my
claim that the last place where psychoanalysis will die would be the literature
departments of the world's universities seems to be valid.
I do not mention psychoanalysis in order to advocate that we model our
efforts on theirs. I mention that ideology only to point out the lag in the
success of having constructivism become a part of our every day language.

Jim Mancuso

James C. Mancuso        Dept. of Psychology
15 Oakwood Place        University at Albany
Delmar, NY 12054        1400 Washington Ave.
Tel: (518)439-4416      Albany, NY 12222
A website related to Italian-American Affairs