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Mancuso J. C. (1996) Constructionism, personal construct psychology and narrative psychology. Theory & Psychology 6: 47–70.
Constructionist explanations of behavior, in general, have become more acceptable as scientists have adopted constructionist positions regarding their own systems of knowledge. Personal construct psychology approaches and narrative psychology approaches, which share philosophical foundations with social constructionism, can be coalesced to provide a substantial theoretical base for the behavioral sciences. The attempt to adapt the principles of each position to an overarching theory provides the impetus for an analysis of the ways in which these perspectives reciprocally supplement each other. The construct random collection of sentences-story is identified as the key construct in the shaping of selfdefining narrative. Propositions which order motivational processes and memory processes readily follow from aligning personal construct psychology and narrative psychology. With these propositions the functioning of a person as a story-teller may be cast in terms which allow a broad range of explanation, as well as investigations which are acceptable within a framework of currently acceptable epistemic values.
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