|The term refers to an actual or
impending change in one’s construct
system. Different transitions –
corresponding to as many diagnostic constructs (see diagnosis) – can be
discriminated on the basis of their reference to nuclear or peripheral
structures, to comprehensive or incidental changes, to the
one’s core role in the change, and other
criteria. Kelly (1955)
constructs having to do with such dislodgment: threat,
guilt, aggressiveness, and hostility, and two cycles of construction:
the C-P-C cycle
and the creativity cycle. McCoy (1977)
translated in terms of
other emotions of traditional psychology.
However, it is important not to
consider transitions as simple equivalents of emotions.
Kelly did not
the mind-body duality and the cognition-emotion division. Rather, he
tried to remain
within the general framework of his own theory that, ontologically, is
of monism (neutral monism) whereby both mind and matter are merely
ways of organizing events.
The notion of transition has a
role in personal construct psychotherapy.
- Kelly, G. A. (1955). The
psychology of personal constructs.
New York, Norton.
M. M. (1977). A reconstruction of emotion. In D. Bannister (Ed.), New
perspectives in personal construct theory (pp. 93-124). London:
Chiari & M.