WORDS AND CONSTRUCTS

FORTUNATELY WORDS OFTEN APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN FORMED AS A SIMPLE WAY TO NAME DIRECTLY OBSERVABLE PHENOMENON IN NATURE.

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GENERALLY SPEAKING, IN SUCH CASES THE WORD CAN MEAN ONLY ONE THING. A ROSE CAN ONLY BE CALLED A ROSE BECAUSE IT IS NAMED THAT WAY.

IT BECOMES MORE COMPLEX WHEN WORDS ARE USED TO REFER TO PHENOMENON WHICH ARE ABSTRACT : NOT EASILY OBSERVABLE OR PERHAPS NOT OBSERVABLE AT ALL . OR WHEN THEY MUST BE ASSUMED TO HAVE MANY LEVELS ( BE VARIABLE ) AND FORM PART OF MANY COMPLEX FUNCTIONAL RELATIONS.

TO THE EXTEND THAT A VARIABLE IS ABSTRACT RATHER THAN CONCRETE WE SPEAK OF IT AS BEING A CONSTRUCT.

SCIENCE IS LARGELY CONCERNED WITH DEVELOPING VALID (EXPERIMENTALLY VALIDATED) MEASURES OF CONSTRUCTS AND FINDING FUNCTIONAL RELATIONS BETWEEN MEASURES OF DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTS.

VALID CONSTRUCTS MUST "BEHAVE" IN A PREDICTED WAY IF THEY REPRESENT THE CONSTRUCT "AS INTENDED" AND ITS IS BY VERIFYING THESE PREDICTIONS IN ( HYPOTHESES TESTING ) EXPERIMENTS THAT SCIENTISTS TRY TO FIND OUT IF THEY DO.

CONSTRUCTS THAT CONCERN US IN THIS PAPER ARE THE CONSTRUCTS MIND AND MENTAL (IN DIRECT RELATION TO MIND).

AS A SCHOOLBOY THE AUTHOR WAS PRACTICALLY OBSESSED BY THE MIND OF MAN BUT ALSO BY ADVENTUROUS THINGS LIKE AIRLINE FLYING, PARACHUTE JUMPING, DEEP-SEA DIVING AND BEING A FIREMAN.

LATER IN LIFE HE WAS PRIVILEGED TO BE ALLOWED TO COMBINE THESE OBSESSIONS IN PART OF HIS WORK WHICH WAS ABOUT THE VALIDATION OF CONSTRUCTS FOR MENTAL LOAD FOR WHICH HE USED PILOTS, PARACHUTE JUMPERS, DEEP-SEA DIVERS AND FIREMEN IN VARIOUS EXPERIMENTS WHICH ARE BRIEFLY DISCUSSED UNDER VALIDATION OF CONSTRUCTS ( ADVANCED LEVEL).

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