Societal/technological impact

Both the original work on achievement motivation and the more recent work on valuation and dialogue have been presented for a larger audience. A widely read work is Hermans, Bergen, and Eijssen’s book Van Faalangst tot Verantwoordelijkheid [From fear of failure to personal responsibility] The first publication was in 1975 and the 9th (revised) edition was in 1991 with a new title: Motivatie op School [Motivation at school]. A readable book on valuation theory and self-confrontation is Hermans’Het Verdeelde Gemoed [The duality of the self], first published in 1986 with a 9th print in 2007 (co-authored by E. Hermans-Jansen). The program leader was also co-editing a Handboek Leerlingbegeleiding [Manual for Pupil Counseling], which includes several professional applications of valuation theory and the self-confrontation method.

The societal impact is further indicated by the training programs of the Valuation Theory and Self-Confrontation Method Foundation and the Self-Controntation Method Partnership and by other institutions who have adopted the theory and the method in their curricula, as described above

Further Indications of Quality/Reputation

– The program director is member of the editorial board of 7 journals: Culture and Psychology, Theory and Psychology, Journal of Constructivist Psychology, Revista de Psicopatología Y Psicología Clínica, Polish Psychological Bulletin, European Journal of School Psychology, Human Systems, and Significant.

– The program director was “first international associate” of the Society for Personology (USA).

– He was full member of the Kurt Lewin Institute 

– Over the past 20 years valuation theory and the self-confrontation method have played a central role in 30 dissertations defended at the University of Nijmegen or other universities and educational initiatives 

– Together with Stephen Toulmin and Catherine Bateson, Hermans presented an invited address to the Queen of the Netherlands and representatives of sciences, arts, and politics on the subject of “Change of Values” (Royal Palace, Amsterdam, October, 1993; published in Van Spengler, 1994).

– The program director had the third position in the top 40 of Dutch writers of psychological publications in the period 1992-1994, based on number of publications, journal impact, and author position (Van Knippenberg & Luytelaar, 1995).

– The results of the research program have been presented in many international conferences and symposia. In 1997, for example, the director of the program was invited to give contributions to 6 conferences: Symposium “Dialogical models for the explanation of developmental processes,” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Leipzig, Germany, March 7-9, 1997); plenary panel of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR; Geilo, Norway, June 25-29, 1997); 12th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology: keynote address and a preconference workshop (Seattle, USA, July 8-12, 1997; 

APA convention, symposium on personal meaning and symposium on autobiographical narratives (Chicago, August 15-16, 1997); Symposium “Psychological Development from a Personalistic Perspective” (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, October 2-4, 1997); Symposium on self and identity. Discussion of the dialogical self and other recent trends in the psychology of the self which challenge mainstream theories (LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, December 12-16, 1997).