Inquiring Man by Donald Bannister, Fay Fransella

By Donald Bannister, Fay Fransella

A totally revised and up to date version of the vintage creation to Kelly's idea of non-public Constructs.

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We thereby extend our understanding of ourselves since we use another’s reaction to us (filtered through our interpretation of them) in developing a picture of ourselves. However, since core role constructs are central to ‘being in love’, much is at risk. If our core construing is validated, we may elaborate and become truly a larger person— if we are invalidated, we may need to become hostile in order to avert chaos. We may then break up the relationship in order to deny the authenticity of the other person as a source of evidence.

5. You are convinced of the separate existence of other persons by analogy with yourself, you assume a comparability of subjective experience between yourself and others. The Focus of Traditional Psychology Whether or not psychologists harbour the convictions we have listed above, many of them certainly choose to look on others not as persons but as moving objects, explicable in essentially mechanical terms. Personal construct theory argues that we will understand, explain and predict more about people, particularly over the course of time, if we centre our thinking on the idea of a ‘person’.

Impressions of its current range of convenience can be seen in the work being carried out in fields other than the clinical one. There is the study in linguistics of Baker (1979) on ways in which a person approaches the task of spelling as part of literate activity; Gillard’s approach to history (1982, 1984), Orley’s (1976) anthropological study of the meaning different classes of spirits have for Ganda villagers; Earl’s (1983) application of the theory to economics; Gordon’s (1977) study of thinking in profoundly deaf young men with restricted language; Eden, Jones and Sims’ (1979) discussions about ‘thinking’ in organisations; Boxer’s (1981) use of computer-assisted feedback in increasing understanding between managers; Thomas and Harri-Augstein’s (1983; 1985) work on the whole field of learning and the use of computers; Lemon’s (1975) investigation of linguistic development in bilingual Tanzanian school-children; and there are the accounts Exploring the Person 45 of people’s perceptions of seaside resorts (Riley and Palmer, 1976; Stringer, 1976).

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