George Kelly‘s personal construct therapy is based on the assumptions that individuals create meanings from life experiences based on their experiences and how events are construed due to internal constructs. These constructs are used to analyze and make sense of future experiences.

View of Problematic Behavior

According to Kelly, inadequate personal constructs lead to symptoms of anxiety, hostility, etc. For example, anxiety stems from the analysis that the current experience is outside of one’s personal construct.


Client and therapist are considered partners in identifying problematic personal constructs and replacing them with more realistic ones. Client is asked to try on a different construct to alter the current experience.