Example Of Personal Constructs

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Personal constructs are beliefs that individuals form based off how they anticipate interacting with others, how that actually interact with others and how they perceive their interactions. They are personal beliefs, theories, of how the world operates; that for automatically. It is possible for personal constructs to change and develop through eleven different corollaries: construction, experience, individuality, choice, sociality, commonality, organization, dichotomy, range, modulation and fragmentation. One of my personal constructs is: if I am nice to others, they will like me. I am going to use to illustrate how a personal construct can change by the different corollaries The first of which is the construction corollary. …show more content…
This is the dichotomy corollary, that all constructs are bipolar. Part of my personal construct is that being nice includes smiling at strangers, when I exclude individuals who are riding the metro I am implying that they are not nice. Employing the opposites nice and rude, this fits with the dichotomy corollary. Individuals have the ability to choose what they take from a dichotomized construct, this is the choice corollary. Choosing the opposite that improves the capability to anticipate future events. I have the choice to perceive the lack of response on the metro as an isolated, one time event, the person I smiled at is rude, so I shouldn’t be nice to them. Giving me the impression that I shouldn’t be nice to strangers, because they might be rude in return. Or, I could interpret it as strangers on the metro are rude, but I am nice. This second interpretation lets me interpret future events more accurately and is how I choose to interpret the …show more content…
For example, my construct -If I am nice to others, they will like me- doesn’t have to apply to individuals riding the metro. Instead it might only apply to school, work and other social interactions. Other individuals can also affect the construction of a personal construct. The sociality corollary is when we find a productive way to interact with someone by understanding their perspective. After being ignored by someone I smiled at, I make eye contact with someone else who smiles at me. We share the thought that smiling at strangers is

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