Personal Constructs


Kelly's (1991) personal construct theory views people as constantly trying to give meaning to, and anticipate events in, their worlds. To do so, each individual develops a unique, hierarchically organized system of bipolar personal constructs, which provide a basis for the recognition of similarities and differences between events. Constructs which are superordinate in this hierarchy are assumed to be more important to the individual than those which are subordinate. Any attempt to understand an individual requires an assessment of their personal constructs, so that the world may, in effect, be glimpsed through their eyes. This entry will describe some of the methods which have been developed for this purpose.

Assessment Methods

Repertory Grid Technique

Repertory grid technique is by far the most widely used method of personal construct ...

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