|Kelly paid only scant
attention to the unconscious in his major work (1955, pp. 465-467),
seeing the construct of preverbalism, or preverbal
construing, as having "a better range of convenience" (p. 466),
although he recognised that this was not fully equivalent to the
concept of unconscious. Kelly
went on to suggest that it may be replaced by "some other terms which
cover some of the same ground" (1955, p. 466), that is, submergence, suspension,
subordination, and impermeability. Despite this, in
his subsequent remarks about the
techniques required to
achieve a loosening of constructs (1955,
pp.1033-1050), Kelly drew on a
of psychoanalytic methods, all of which were based on the assumption of
unconscious mental processes. The unconscious has not featured
prominently in personal construct theory since. Bell (1996) has
suggested that Freud’s notion of
the unconscious is more closely aligned with Kelly’s loose construing.
See also Levels of cognitive awareness.
R.C. (1996) How can personal construct theory explain disorders of
perception and cognition? In B. M. Walker, J. Costigan, L. L. Viney,
and B. Warren (Eds.) Personal Construct Theory: A psychology for
the future. Melbourne: Australian Psychological Society (pp.
Richard C. Bell