An exemplary life?A personal construct analysis of the autobiography of Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz
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CitationReed, N., Winter, D., Schulz, J., Aslan, E., Soldevilla, J. M., Kuzu, D. (2014). An exemplary life?A personal construct analysis of the autobiography of Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 27.4, 274-288.
This article analyzes the autobiography of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz. Textual grid, ABC, and self-characterization 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-characterization analysis focuses on whether Hoess experienced Kellyan guilt and it suggests that he did, but in unexpected contexts.