The Personal Position Repertoire (PPR) Method

  • Assessment instrument deviced for the investigation of a person’s position repertoire.
  • Based on Dialogical Self theory – The PPR-method aims at the study of the content and organization of the personal position repertoire
  • The content of the repertoire refers to an overview of internal positions (e.g. I as a mother, I as an ambitious worker, I as an enjoyer of life) and external positions (e.g., My parents, my children, my husband, my friends, my enemy). This list of internal and external positions can be constructed in cooperation with the respondent. For research purposes, the PPR-method may be standardized so that comparisons between different respondents are facilitated
  • For the study of the organization of the repertoire a matrix is used in which the rows represent internal positions and the columns external positions. In the entries of the matrix the respondent indicates (with a 0-5 scale) to which extent a particular internal position is prominent in relation to a particular external position. On the basis of this matrix some indices are calculated which, in their combination, reveal central features of the organization of the repertoire A detailed exposition of the PPR-method, including theoretical backgrounds and illustrations with actual cases, is provided in Hermans, H.J.M. (2001), The construction of a personal position repertoire: Method and practice. Culture & Psychology, 7 (3), 323-365. This article shows also how the PPR-method can be combined with theSelf-Confrontation Method (SCM). The article is part of a special issue on the dialogical self (see Special Issues on the Dialogical Self), in which some commentary articles by colleagues from different countries are included