Nancy Maguire, Psy.D.
102 S. Camac Street,
Philadelphia PA 19107
Integral psychology and constructivist psychology have been
heavily influenced by such thinkers as Ken Wilber at the
Integral Institute, Alan
Combs and Kelley's personal construct
theory. Psychology is naturally seen as focusing on the human
mind, even on mental illness. What constructivism offers
is a way to see humans within a broader context of mind/body/spirit/community.
Constructivism also allows us to see that each person creates
a "personal reality" that is their construction
of the world. Thus we have an understanding of humans in
multiple contexts and a world view from these contexts that
Integral psychology is ultimately positive. I believe that an individual and humanity are moving towards more advanced functioning. Just as a child evolves from infant to child to adolescent and adult, so too are we advancing as a whole. This viewpoint is non-pathological. What brings someone to treatment is often trauma, loss, or suffering. This may come from one or many past experiences within the contexts outlined above (mind/body/spirit/community). Healing is about regaining a firm footing on the path towards growth.