Constructs and Words
Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast
University of Tehran
January 25, 2000
Constructivism in the Human Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 65-70, 2000
What is the main characteristic of constructive explanation? In other words, what is the nature of a construct and, consequently, what kind of relationship is there between constructs and behavior? Kelly stated that a "psychological response is initially and basically the outcome of a construing act."(1955, vol. 1, p. 171) Somewhere else, he asserts it in a more clear way: "Since they construe them differently, they will anticipate them differently and will behave differently as a consequence of their anticipations." (Kelly, 1963, p. 90) The relationship between constructs and "psychological response" could be considered in terms of either 'causation' or 'implication'.
Keywords: Constructivism, Personal Construct Psychology, Personal Construct Theory
JEL Classification: Z00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 27, 2012
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