Love hurts: explorations of love, validation, and conflict

David Winter, Judy Duncan, Emma Summerfield

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This paper considers how love may be conceptualised from a personal construct theory perspective, particularly in relation to experiences of validation and invalidation. This model is applied to writings about love, and the findings of a repertory grid and interview exploration of love, indicating differences in students’ construing of romantically and platonically loved figures and relationships between grid scores and a measure of love styles, are presented. Illustrations are provided from the clinical setting indicating how clients’ relationship problems may be explained in terms of their constructions concerning love
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-98
JournalPersonal Construct Theory and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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