Understanding others Kellyian theory, methodology and application

Diamond C.T.P. (1982) Understanding others Kellyian theory, methodology and application. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 6 4: 395-420. doi:10.1016/0147-1767(82)90021-9

Author Diamond C.T.P.
Title Understanding others Kellyian theory, methodology and application
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
Publication date 1982
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0147-1767(82)90021-9
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 395
End page 420
Total pages 26
Subject 1403 Econometrics
3207 Social Psychology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This article discusses Kelly's theory of personal constructs and its Repertory grid technique as means of revealing the nature of cultural differences and similarities. It shows how Kelly's theory relates to cognitive theory, implicit personality theory and subjective culture theory. According to Kelly, people and groups are best understood in terms of the ways they anticipate events. People are all psychologists since they employ constructs. These bases of discrimination are bipolar in nature and open to revision. A group's culture is summarized by its members' shared superordinate constructs. Kelly's Commonality Corollary explains that members of a group are similar because they use the same constructs to order events. Kelly's Sociality Corollary states that, in order to enter into a relationship with others, people need first to subsume the others' personal constructs. His custom-built Repertory grid elicits constructs by having a person decide how in a matrix other people, for example, are similar and different. In the rated grid form, each person or element is rated from most to least on the positive pole of each construct. Either principal components or cluster analysis or multidimensional scaling can reveal the interviewed person's superordinate dimensions of appraisal. As an emic technique, the grid is contrasted with the semantic differential and other fixed-format tests. A review of the personal construct literature shows that many individuals and cultural groups have been explained in their own terms. In this research, difference is construed as interesting and others are understood by construing their construction processes as a first step towards approval.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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