By Jerome Wagner, Ph.D.
George Kelly (1963) has been called the father of cognitive psychotherapy. Kelly’s metaphor is we are all junior scientists trying to figure out our world so we can predict and control our environment and the reactions our behavior will elicit from the environment (mostly our social environment.) We look for repetitions around us and then formulate constructs or representations to map our world. The mind looks for order and then imposes that order in the form of templates on our experiences and the world. Like scientists we develop theories and hypotheses that will help predict future events, thus reducing uncertainty.