Re: Help with origin of Kelly "myth"

Tim A. Connor (
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 11:35:51 -0800 (PST)

I too have read that comment (it may well have been in Hinkle's chapter),
but the sense I got from it was not that Kelly literally regretted having
invented the grid. Rather, it was that the accessibility of grid methods
had led to a lot of people using grids without understanding or applying
the theory on which they are based. Kelly clearly did not consider the
grid a theory-neutral instrument, and I assume he objected to its use as
just another test.

Tim Connor

On Fri, 24 Mar 1995, Gwyneth Cheeseman wrote:

> On the pcp oral tradition circuit I have heard it said that Dr Kelly
> (being pc - does that mean we are politically correct psychologists?)
> regretted having designed repertory grids because of the uses to which
> the technique had been put and the way in which people unfamiliar with
> his writings had led to PCT becoming associated in some peoples's minds
> with grids as the be-all and end-all.
> What is the origin of this, and if it is not a myth, has anyone the
> reference? Maureen Pope suggested we ask you-all.
> Thank you very much.
> Gwyneth Cheeseman
> Department of Community Studies
> University of Reading
> England