Drawing the Ideal Self

A Personal Construct Psychology technique

Drawing the Ideal Self is a technique based on the philosophy and theory Personal Construct Psychology (George Kelly, 1955). It is a versatile, engaging and straightforward assessment technique which can help therapists, counsellors and teachers. The idea of Drawing the Ideal Self is to help the client to explore their view of themselves, something which can be difficult for people to put into words. There are three parts to the task, first exploring the way a person does not want to be, then their ideal person and finally a rating scale between the two. The technique has been published and is often used by psychologists and education professionals who are trying to intervene and help a child to change their behaviour. However, it is suitable for all ages of client. It is also a useful tool for supervision and can be modified to look at a person’s view of their job or school. You can download a pdf manual for Drawing the Ideal Self for your own use. This includes clear instructions about how to use the technique and guidance about what to make of the results. There is also a prompt sheet to take into a session.  

DiS resources

Manual and Prompt Sheet for Drawing the Ideal Self

Reading

Articles and book chapters

PCP links

Including training and CPD at the 
Coventry Constructivist Centre  

About Heather Moran

Just in case you want to know about me

Other resources

Other things that could be of interest including a free ebook Using Personal Construct Psychology in Practice with Children and Adolescents

The Coventry Grid

Nothing to do with PCP but the latest copy will always be found here
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