Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
C. Raymond Millimet
A view of the person as an individual striving to anticipate, understand, and control his environment was put forth by Kelly (1955) in his Psychology of Personal Constructs, Kelly states that the person looks at the world through "patterns or templates which he creates and then attempts to fit over the realities of which the world is composed" (p. 9). These templates or patterns are termed constructs, and result from the person’s ability to distinguish differences and similarities in the world about him and generalize them to other instances. Constructs are used to predict events and to assess the validity of the forecasts. Because of this constant prediction and assessment of prediction, construct systems are subject to revision and change through time, as predictions are either proved accurate or in error by events.
Mullins, Margaret R., "The Relationship of Verbal Abilities to Cognitive Complexity" (1977). Student Work. 71.