Marlowe Embree (
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 14:28:44 -0600

I have been following with interest the discussion of resolvability which
seems to have originated on or around 25 October 95. My own work and
interests have nothing to do with imprisonment or correctional practice.
Yet, there are many forms of imprisonment other than the concrete, tangible,
and literal.

As a career/vocational counselor I work with clients (job-seekers and
career-changers) who appear to fall into two quite distinct categories. One
group needs only help with pragmatic, structural, logistical, tactical, or
strategic matters. The other, sadly more numerous group comprise
individuals who are more or less "stuck" in unpalatable or marginal
situations, ostensibly due to limitations imposed by outward circumstances,
but in reality having more to do with their own perceptions (construals) of
what is possible. I face this issue of "unresolvability" every day and am
very pleased to see that there are apparently theoreticians out there who
view affective responses in process variable terms.

Such models would seem to have tremendous general utility and I am very
eager to learn more details of same. I hope to see some details here also
as others have requested.

Many in the career counseling field seem to use a personal construct model
even though it is not labelled as such. Who was it who said that the real
test of an idea's worth is the speed with which it becomes part of the
generally received folk wisdom and loses its original attribution to the
person who first originated or systematized it?

Marlowe C. Embree, Ph.D., INFP