| "A suspended
element is omitted from the context of a
construct as a result of revision of the client's construct system."
one of the diagnostic constructs relating
to relatively low levels of
cognitive awareness. The others at low levels of cognitive
awareness are preverbal
and submergence. These three represent the
understanding of unconscious
that suspension can be related to "forgetting"
and "repression" in other psychological theoretical systems. When a
person reconstrues, as we do a lot of the time, it is possible for an
that previously formed part of the previous construing system to become
when a new (reconstrued) way of looking at things happens. Kelly talks
idea "being mislaid because the person has no place to file it". But
it still exists and may return to memory when further reconstruing
It has been
argued that personal constructs can also be suspended when one attempts
subsume another person's construing system (Fransella, 2003). At one
occurs when we attempt to look at the world through another's eyes -
instance, stated in the Sociality Corollary.
But there are circumstances
when it is important to "truly" listen to another person. "True"
listening cannot happen if it is filtered through the listener's
construing system. The only way we can, even for a short time, really
inside another's shoes is when we are able to suspend
our own superordinate, value-laden constructs. That is
essential when, for instance, carrying out laddering
with someone. One
needs to "climb" the person's ladder along with them if one is to
glimpse how they are seeing things. That person's ideas must not be
through one's own superordinate constructs.
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