Principal Publications

The Psychology of Personal Constructs. Two volumes. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1955.

"The Theory and Technique of Assessment." Annual Review of Psychology. 9 (1958): 323-52.

"Suicide: The Personal Construct Point of View," edited by N. L. Farberow and E. S. Schneidman. The Cry for Help. McGraw-Hill, 1961. "Europe's Matrix of Decision," edited by M. R. Jones. Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. University of Nebraska Press, 1962.

"Nonparametric factor analysis of personality theories." Journal of Individual Psychology 19 (1963): 115-47.

"The language of hypothesis: Man's psychological instrument." Journal of Individual Psychology 20 (1964): 137-52.

"The strategy of psychological research." Bulletin of the BPS 18 (1965): 1-15. Clinical Psychology and Personality: Selected Papers of George Kelly (published posthumously), edited by B. A. Maher. Wiley, 1969.

"A brief introduction to personal construct theory." Perspectives in Personal Construct Theory. (published posthumously) Bannister, D., Academic Press, 1970.

"Behavior is an experiment." Bannister, D. Perspectives in Personal Construct Theory. (published posthumously) Academic Press, 1970.

"The psychology of the unknown." Bannister, D. New Perspectives in Personal Construct Theory. (published posthumously) Academic Press, 1977.

"For Kelly, we are forms of motion and we propel ourselves—no one or no thing does it 'to' us."

Kelly practiced and published in the midst of others who were also committed to unlocking the mysteries of human behavior and development. Kelly provided a respectful but determined opposition to the psychology his contemporaries espoused. His research had a philosophical approach, and he was influenced by philosophers such as John Dewey, a pragmatist and religious thinker; as well as Alfred Korzybski, a linguistic philosopher. Others who helped form Kelly's psychology included Hans Vaihinger, whose philosophy was one of as if in his own version of constructive alternativism; and Jakob Moreno, whose use of psychodrama and its role-playing approach held a place of prominence in personal construct therapy.

Personal construct psychology as first presented by Kelly, and as it has developed over the 50 years since his work was published, has been seen as a complete psychology, not simply a theory. At its basis is the repertory grid, which provides a basic table for an individual to answer questions and analyze what they reveal about that person's cognitive processes. In essence, this method of psychological testing is one that requires the use of the rational mind. Kelly's psychology provides tools to a rational human being for planning future actions, based on knowledge of past and present actions.

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