| Lopsidedness of
| Lopsidedness of construing
to the tendency for a person to construe many more elements at one pole
rather than the other. In constructs where elements are located by
this would be evidenced by a highly skewed distribution of elements
one pole or the other. Kelly (1955/1991, p.270) speculated that people
used lopsided construing might be different to those who
construed in a more balanced fashion. For a time in the 1960’s
lopsidedness was perceived as a problem for the analysis of grid data
and led to a use of ranking to locate elements evenly across constructs
(see for example, Bannister and Mair, 1968, pp.60-61). The issue had
been rarely researched empirically. Bannister and Salmon (1967,
unpublished, but summarized in Fransella and Bannister, 1977, pp.65-68)
found it to be unrelated to several grid measures. Although not
directly referred to as such, the concept underlies the theoretical
delineation of hierarchical construing by
Chiari and others (1990), where lopsided construing is necessary for
one construct (the lopsided one) to be superordinate to another. Bell
(submitted for publication) has shown that constructs with lopsided
construing have stronger prediction of constructs with symmetric
construing than the reverse. Lopsided construing should not be confused
with polarization of construing as represented by
the ordination score.
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Richard C. Bell