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This book is the result of some experiences I’ve had during the last 10 years,

teaching repertory grid technique to a variety of audiences. There have been

two main kinds of trainee. The first has comprised my direct students at Luton

Graduate Business School, managers studying for MBA and MSc degrees on a

part-time basis, and young graduates on the full-time masters programme.

There have also been undergraduates, here and there, from the education and

the management departments. All par for the course, one imagines, for a

technique which presents itself as a mental-mapping and decision-making aid.

The second group, you might feel, is rather surprising. It comprises members

and affiliates of the Occupational Division of the British Psychological Society,

as part of their continuing professional development programme; psychologists

and counsellors in some UK and Irish universities; and psychologists

working for the Employment Service. Shouldn’t psychologists, the very people

who ought to be well informed about cognitive structures, mental maps, and

decision-making technique, already know all this?

You could be right, but by and large they don’t, and for two reasons: academic

attitudes and simple availability.