Personal statement (NB risk for “dyslexia gremlin”): Since I 1979 learned about Personal Construct Theory and the work of George A. Kelly and his very “covering paradigm” (in many respects) it has been a foundation for all my work within biopsychosocial medicine (although I have called it stress medicine, while many do not know about Biopsychosocial medicine in the multifaceted systems version).
I recommend reading this link http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/kelly.html while it is a fast way to get some ideas for you who are not familiar with his work. Also the http://kellysociety.org/ and the book from 2008 by Trevor Butt, http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/george-kelly-and-the-psychology-of-personal-constructs-9780230008410
There are a number a reasons while PCT is of importance from a systems integrated biopsychosocial medicine discipline (to be established), (i) it is easy to integrated with a evolutionary perspective on our brain development, while also (ii) motivating focus on precognitive, spatial constructs, (iii) his emphasis on man as a scientist (in my actual “version” www.healthcreator.com– not quite well updated) as well as “Patient as an educated, competent resource in her/his own rehabilitation” (manuscript 1997), but in real also the platform my dissertation rests on 1986, “cognitive and cardiovascular assessment of a multifaceted treatment package for negative stress”, where I left out some very important in my work to be able to pass and get my Ph D.
So I am very, very grateful and value very high Kelly´s work, I have since then worked for further develop hits paradigm. December 15th it is 30 years since my dissertation and I plan to write more about how I have further developed it. I have not written much yet dependent of the complexity to write “deeply” out of a scientific perspective. ON the other hand, out a practical (using my toolbox) it is not very complex and sometimes easy for patients to understand basics (biological psychological and social-cultural). Patient populations I have worked with is both at the psychological as well as somatic “side”, where e.g. hypertension as I see it some of the easiest. I will encourage psychologist to integrate PCT-thinking with integrated psychophysiological behavioral medicine, www.ipbm.se in an educational systems which can be learned/practiced while working full time with present work. I will add according to my experiences that patients often get happy (!) to learn and this motivated them to work hard, so hard that this is often our problem – not the opposite.
The work by Kelly provided for me a kind of connection between science, clinical work and real world – of survival importance at that time when I moved from music (at worsened immobilized by severe stress (see e.g. introduction in Swedish at www.adhdfonden.com, whee I presented me as PTSD- and ADHD veteran – NB ADHD means really high intense and for me this means energy to learn-work-increase my own knowledge and health hadn in hand!). First a few days ago (2017-05-18) I started to read Trevor Butt´s “Kelly” and there I learned about Kelly him-selves more in detail where I found more personality characteristics and basic thinking similarities with him than I know before. I will try to get more time a head to communicate more about while I think the PCT constitute an important platform for practical lifestyle medicine development – together with evolutionary and systems integrated psychophysiological (and sociocultural) medicine/psychology/psychiatry – critical for an effective development and thereby one of the cornerstones for a constructive future for man.
More text will come.