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Deconstructing personal constructs

From what I understand, personal constructs are the characteristics that we habitually notice in others. They are the specific descriptors we use to answer the question "What is he or she like?" For example, I look at a teenager and consider him uncouth, arrogant and thoughtless. All of these are constructs that I have created or learned in order to explain the behavior of teenagers I have met.

1). Do you have a relatively stable set of constructs about people, or do your constructs vary widely depending on whom you are judging?

2). Does stereotyping enter your judgment process; for example, do you use different kinds of constructs to describe men than to describe women?

3). Are the constructs you use fair?

4). Are they complete?

5). Do they allow you to make adequate assessments of others?

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1. I do tend to have a relatively stable set of constructs about people, due to the fact that certain groups of people in society today tend to display similar attributes and behaviors. These constructs are basically generalizations about certain groups of people such as teenagers etc., but within these generalizations I do tend to vary the constructs to some degree, due to the fact that all individuals deserve to be judged individually based upon their ...

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The expert determines if relatively stable sets of constructs about people. The stereotyping entering the judgement process is determined.