The Works of American Psychologist:
October 25, 2010
There are many great psychologists that contributed to the field of psychology. When one hears the word psychology they automatically think of greats like Freud, Erikson and Jung. These are just a few of the greats that have given us a meaning and an answer to our emotions, our way of thinking, and have helped us all try to psychoanalyze ourselves and loved ones. The world of psychology is such an interesting topic with even more interesting theorists and psychologists. One psychologist in particular that is very interesting and is seldom heard of is George Kelly, an American psychologist, therapist and educator.
George Kelly was an American psychologist that was born in a small farm town in Kansas in April of 1905. Kelly’s father took his family out west to Colorado and was one of the last homesteaders out west. Kelly’s father struggled for four long years to grow crops and raise livestock but with little water the family was unable to settle in Colorado and had no choice but to move back to their Kansas farm. During these trying times Kelly did not attend any type of school so he never received any type of formal education or teaching; he was educated by his parents. As far as can be told Kelly never received any type of formal education and no indication that he even graduated from high school. At the age of 16 Kelly went to Friend’s University in Wichita. At Friend’s University Kelly took college courses and eventually received his baccalaureate majoring in mathematics and physics. Kelly continued on with his education and eventually received his PhD.
After Kelly obtained his doctorate in psychology he became an educator at Fort Hays Kansas State College and he taught there for 12 years. Kelly entered the career field at a time when the economy was decimating and it was difficult to launch a successful and promising career, but Kelly pulled...