Purpose: Kelly believed people perceive and organize their world of experiences by formulating hypotheses about the environment and testing them against the reality of daily life. We observe the events of our life and interpret them in our own way. This special view, the unique pattern created by each individual, is what Kelly called our construct system. A construct is the unique way of looking at life, an intellectual hypothesis devised to explain or interpret events. Over the course of our lives we develop many constructs, one for almost every type of person or situation we encounter. We expand, alter, and discard these constructs periodically as situations change. Our constructs must continually be revised and be adaptable to change, which is called constructive alternativism. This view expresses that we are not controlled by our constructs, but are free to revise or replace them with other alternatives. The purpose of this personality project is to analyze and give evidence of how your personal constructs have developed, changed and impacted your personality over time.

Instructions: Complete a two (2) page essay responding the following questions:

1. What is a personal construct that you developed over the course of your life? Describe the details related to this development and the relevance of a personal experience in the development of this construct.

2. Thinking in terms of constructive alternativism, what was a personal construct that you revised or replaced with other alternatives? Describe the details related to this revision or replacement of this construct and the relevance of a personal experience in the revision or replacement of this construct.

3. How have your constructs impacted the development of your personality?

Formatting Requirements:

  • Margins – 1 Inch
  • Font – Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri (12pt)
  • Spacing – Double
  • Length – 2 Pages (3 w/ Title Page)
  • Include Separate Title Page – Name, PID, Title of Essay
  • DO NOT restate the questions as part of your responses or use extra spaces between your responses to increase page length.

NOTE: YOUR PAPER SHOULD BEGIN ON LINE 1 OF PAGE 2 – DO NOT USE EXTRA SPACES TO MAKE THE PAGE LONGER.

 
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