Kelly thought every individual constructs models and tests in order to predict the behaviors of others. Kelly did this through a Repertory Grid form of a test known as REP Test (Role Construct Repertory Test) with the intent of assessing individuals’ responses to questionnaires. Eleven corollaries were formulated in order to mentally interpreted results of tests Kelly used such as the REP Test. He believed life is an experiment full of beliefs, views, and interpretations and we are all each a scientist strengthening ourselves and testing our theories.
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Personal Construct Theory Kelly’s theory of personal construct is based on the personality of an individual’s intellect of explanation. Personal constructs provide predictions and anticipate future events (Bruner, 1956). Anticipation is the idea that humans always try to predict what will occur in the future and as such the usage of information aids this process; however this is not full proof since there are many factors regarding the future. Each individual person is uniquely different in a sense that no two people are alike. Humans have a tendency …show more content…
The primary technique used by Kelly was interview and he had the belief that a therapist should take the patients word for what it is without second guessing them (Kelly, 1977). Patients were seen as more human rather than subject. Since humans are passive, he interpreted them as for what they were. Meaning that what his patients thought actually mattered and provided therapy that was relevant to their problems with implications for a resolve (Fransella, 1974; Jankowicz, 1987). Whereas Freud, who he used as inspiration to better himself, focused on the change aspect of what Freud thought a patient needed. Interviews allowed Kelly to listen and hear what the patients problems were evaluating just as a scientist hypothesizes; collecting the data and analyzing results best suited for a resolution (Kelly, 1977). Kelly had previously studied math and physics which aided him in the understanding of how things work and most likely led to his belief on how to treat patients. Although, his Fundamental Postulate is noteworthy in this aspect not many to his today follow this approach (Monte, 1995). More so it is criticized for the importance and