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  • Nick Reed
  • David Winter
  • Joerg Schulz
  • Esther Aslan
  • Joan Miquel Soldevilla
  • Duygu Kuzu
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-288
JournalJournal of Constructivist Psychology
Early online date27 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014


This article analyses the autobiography of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz. Textual grid, ABC and self-characterisation analyses of the autobiography are used to construe Hoess’s writing. The textual grid analysis suggests that Hoess saw his adult self as being different from others but his young self as similar to Jews. Conflicts in self-construing are identified. The ABC analysis indicates that, from his perspective, it made sense for Hoess to choose not to leave the concentration camp service. The self-characterisation analysis focuses on whether Hoess experienced Kellyan guilt and it suggests that he did, but in unexpected contexts.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Constructivist Psychology on 27 August 2014, available online at:

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