ERIC Number: ED397368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
George Kelly: The Theory of Personal Constructs and His Contributions to Personality Theory.
Cote, Raymond L.
Wheras many of the grand theories of psychology focus on factors such as the unconscious, power, perfection, or order, George Kelly proposed that humans are driven by the need for personal control and that this personal control comes as a result of being able to construct and predict the events of daily life on a continuous basis. His major two volume work, written in 1955, was "The Psychology of Personal Constructs." Constructs were characterized by Kelly as abstractions possessing both similarities and contrasts in their elements. Constructs were the structures that the client uses to interpret and predict events. Kelly believed that humans are in an on-going process of predicting and controlling events. Individuals endlessly attempt to evaluate, define, and interpret events in order to arrive at their own theory about the world around them. Kelly's fundamental postulate is, "a person's processes are psychologically channelized by the ways in which he anticipates events." Other topics covered in this document are: (1) The Circumspection, Preemption, and Control (CPC) Cycle; (2) Personality Variables; (3) The Role Construct Repertory Test; (4) Treatment of Psychopathology; (5) The Therapeutic Conference and Role Playing; (6) Self-Characterization and Fixed-Role Therapy; and (7) The Scientific Worth of Kelly's Theory. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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