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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYB30H3
Professor
Marc A Fournier
Semester
Winter

Description
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL CONSTRUCTS  We are like computers (machines.)of which the output is human behaviour  Social cognitive approaches to personality: human beings are complex information-processing systems that operate in social environment. our perception and impression of others is the most important input (shapes and shaped by our perception). focus on how people make and use mental representation of others and their social and how those representations are implicated in social behaviour  GEORGE KELLY'S THEORY of personal constructs: first social cognitive theory ever developed. o people act by virtue of being alive (no shit sherlock, thanks for your amazing theory on 20 pages of the txt book.. douche bag) o he dissmissed motivation: only motivation is to predict what will happen to them. predicta nd control events, what world has in store for us o we classify our worlds by developing PERSONAL CONSTRUCTS: characteristic ways on constructing how somethings are alike and diffirent from one another o of which every characteristic is bipolar and dichotomous (o wow what a new and different theory -_-, bitch repeats the tension thing that all other psychs have been pmsing about) o constructs are not fixed, they are like hypothesis to be testes. serevs as an important starting poitn. anticipate behavior about people, what may or may not happen next (anticipation guised behavioru and experience) o ORGANIZATION COROLLARY  each person develops their own constructs and puts more constructs int here in hierarchy (grouping the groups) --> Super ordinate (grouping constructs) & Subordinal (being grouped constructs) PART OF THE "ORGANIZATION COROLLARY" o "Indivituality corollary":  each persons construct system is unique, everyone divides up subjective experience differently o "Sociality corollary": see the world thru their eyes. construct their world in ur eyes o RANGE COROLLARY":  within a construct system, particular constructs differ from one another with the RANGE OF CONVINIENCE AKA " o "Fundamental Postulate":  psychologically channelized in ways in which you anticipate events o "Modulation corollary":  some are highly permeable, others are not: permeable :open to modification & new elements (open minded individual) being complete permable is not good, because you change with every event. have some stability jeebusss. o "Fragmentation corollary":  when peosons constructs are mutually incompatible and contradictory (fragmented), they have difficulty making consistent sense of the world  in his world the big and bad "unconscious" self is ntohing but a bunch of construscts that are non verbal, submerged and suspended, unable to name them (bastard child) so were not aware of them.. lame excuse to be ignoring a construct, poor bastard construct  fragmented experience wil have lots fo these bastard constructs that u dont know of, but shape and "channelize" your experience o "COnstruction corollary": anticipate events by constructing their replications o "Dichotomy corollary": composed of a finite number of dichotomous constructs o "Choice Corollary": chose for ur self the alternatives in dichotomous constructs (for greater possibility of anticipation for extension& definition of ur system. o "Experience Corollary": ur constructionb system varies as u successfully anticipate events by replication. o "Community Corollary": employ constructs similar to that of another. so ur exp are similar to those of another as well. o anxiety: when people experience the recognition of events that u face, lie outside ur range of convinience, (exp which u anticipated wrong and werent prepared for, you get anxious.. no duh!)  anxiety is a fear of the unknown, confusion that cant be understood. o guilt: perception of ones apparent dislodgement from his core role structure (who u r in relation to others, ie parents - embedded in your general construct system)  so guilt is when ur no longer living in accordance with valued aspects of ur personal construct system  EXPLORING PERSONAL CONSTRUCTS: THE REP TEST (kelly) o REP TEST: explore personal constructs in people's lives. o compare ppl who play important roles in ur life o 15 roles, , group them by their numbers based on how similar or different they are (under construct category) o then consider ur constructs an d see which r meaningful to u o ppl who havemanyc onstucts have high levels of cognitive complexity (See world in hgihly diferentiated manner vs ppl with les constructs = simple o people with similar constructs tend to
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