Drawing the Ideal Self


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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 quick assessment technique which can help therapists, counsellors and teachers.  

The idea of the technique 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, exploring the way a person does not want to be, then their ideal person and then 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, but 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 buy a digital document of the manual for Drawing the Ideal Self for your own use.  This includes clear instructions about how to use the technique and guidance about how to explain the results in a psychological report.  There is also a prompt sheet to take into a session.  See the downloads page for details.


A PCP Technique