Re: Any thoughts on this

Devi (
Tue, 2 Jun 98 18:09:37 +0100

Dear Siobhan and Tony

Tony wrote,
>Re Siobhan Alderson's message:
>>Anybody got any thoughts, literature etc. on the following statement:
>>"...though Kelly maintains that constructs are bipolar...this probably
>>cannot always be true."
>Presumably any construct, X, can be made to be bipolar by taking its
>opposite pole to be "not-X", or perhaps more realistically
>"not-particularly-X", yet only one pole may, in practice, be salient and
>the opposite pole may commonly be left vague. And exploring the
>implications of the vague, rarely-explicitly-used pole may be
>psychologically interesting.

You bet! My own very strong preference is that constructs are bipolar and
that I _must_ clarify the implicit pole if I'm to understand the emergent
Consider the emergent pole
and the implicit pole
as if you were construing a student essay.

Now consider the emergent pole
and the implicit pole

Nuff said? "Good" is meaningless taken by itself.

Kind regards,