Differences Among People

Kelly's second corollary is equally obvious. "Persons differ from each other in their construction of events" (Kelly, 1955, p. 55). Kelly called this emphasis on individual differences die individuality corollary.

Because people have different reservoirs of experiences, they construe the same event in different ways. Thus, no two people put an experience together hi exactly the same way. Both the substance and the form of then constructs are different. For example, a philosopher may subsume the construct truth under the rubric of eternal values; a lawyer may view truth as a relative concept, useful for a particular pin-pose; and a scientist may construe truth as an ever-elusive goal, something to be sought, but never attained. For the philosopher, the lawyer, and the scientist, truth has a different substance, a different meaning. Moreover, each person arrived at Ins or her particular construction hi a different maimer and thus gives it a different form. Even identical twhis living hi nearly identical environments do not construe events exactly the same. For example, part of Twin A's environment includes Twhi B, an experience not shared by Twin B.

Although Kelly (1955) emphasized individual differences, he pohited out that experiences can be shared and that people can find a common ground for construing experiences. This allows people to communicate both verbally and nonverbal. However, due to hidividual differences, the communication is never perfect.

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