| It was Michael Polanyi (1969) who used the
word "tacit" relating to knowledge. It refers to the recognition that
we may not be able to put into words all that we are aware we "know".
In many ways this is similar to Kelly's discussion of preverbal and
non-verbal construing that, as the names suggest, do not have words to
them. Neimeyer (1981) suggests that construing that has been created
development of language should be called "tacit construing" rather
than "non-verbal construing". Neimeyer also describes "The Tacit
Construing Technique (TCT)". McWillliams (1988) discusses the
between Polanyi's and Kelly's ideas in his paper "Construing
In practice, tacit, or non-verbal,
construing plays a part in our everyday lives in a very similar way to
construing" except that it is not so likely to be related to dependency
- McWilliams, S. A. (1988)
Construing comprehensively. International
Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 1, 219-228.
- Neimeyer, R. A. (1981) The
structure and meaningfulness of tacit construing. In H. Bonarius, R.
& S. Rosenberg (eds.) Personal Construct
Psychology: Recent Advances in Theory and Practice. London:
- Polanyi, M. (1969) Knowing and Being. Chicago: University of Chicago Press