Life Span Development and Personality: Amelia Earhart Psy 300

March 14, 2019

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“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune” (Amelia Earhart). This is the life span development and personality of Amelia Earhart an American aviator who mysterious disappearance during a round the world flight in 1937 as the world’s best known woman pilot every. The story of Amelia Earhart peaks many peoples’ interests, even today. She is known for being the first female to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, twice. The reason that people still talk and speculate about her, is not only because of the way that she died but also because of the way that she lived.

Amelia Mary Earhart was born in her wealthy grandparent’s house in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, in 1897 to the parents of Edwin and Amy Otis Earhart,which was not unheard of during this time in history. Amelia Earhart had a sister, Muriel, who was two and a half years younger than her as well. Amelia’s father, Edwin Earhart had his own private law firm but her mother, Amy Otis Earhart came from a wealthy background. Amelia’s grandparents thought that her parents were not well matched or well suited for each other because they did not believe that Edwin was good enough for their daughter, which inevitably affected their relationship.

Eventually his practice failed, and he took a job on the railroad, which led to him drinking heavily, this resulted in the end of Amelia’s parent’s marriage as well. During the early years; Amelia and her sister, Muriel divided their time between their grandparent’s house in Atchison; during the winter and their parent’s house in Kansas City, during the summer. During their time at their grandparent’s house; both children often sought out adventures, such as climbing trees and sledding. Amelia often played male dominate sports; she was very adventurous at an early age.

She took a good interest in electric and motorized things; she even once designed a contraption to catch chickens. In 1916, Amelia entered the Ogontz School near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at her grandparents’ insistence. Amelia furthered her education at a private college; she loved to read during these years. In Toronto, Canada in 1918 Amelia worked at Spadina Military Hospital were she became a nurse’s aide. In 1919 Amelia attended school at Columbia University in New York as a premedical student.

Her sister and mother often came to see her, she hardly ever saw her father during these years, which did affect her in many ways as she reached maturity. In Amelia’s adult years, she married George Putnam February 7th, 1931. He was a publisher; he published a few books by Charles Lindbergh. They had a successful marriage; she learned from her parents mistakes. They were equals and partners, which majority of couples did not think in the same manner as they did. He supported Amelia 100%, on everything that she wanted from life.

Family issues that may have influenced Amelia’s developmental growth and adjustment are the disintegration of her parent’s marriage. Another family issue that had an impact on her developmental growth is the discord between her father and her grandparents. They often disagreed about what was best for the family, which affected Amelia and her sister considerably. The area of psychological development that led Amelia more is moral and logical because she seemed to lead with her moral compass, and she used her brain logically.

This was quite unheard of during this time. Women did not speak their mind during this point in history. Amelia also sought after many male dominated career choices. The forces that had an impact in Amelia’s life from the viewpoint of developmental psychology are heredity that has influenced her psychological development because of how her mother supported her throughout her life. Her father becoming a revolving door coming in and out of her life was a major factor in her life as well.

On December 28, 1920, Amelia’s life would be changed forever because of the airplane ride with pilot Frank Hawks. By the time they arrive at two or three hundred feet off the ground, Amelia knew that she had to fly. From that day forward flying became Amelia’s life journey. She took flying lessons and did odd jobs to save up to buy her first airplane. She did purchase her first airplane two years later. The factors that influenced the heredity and environment on the Amelia’s psychological development are her parents on and off instability with each other, and their children.

Her environment played a small role because her upbringing overshadowed her environmental factors. Her mother’s and grandparents continued support, made a major difference in her life, academically, professionally, and personally as well. The best theoretical approach that does explain Amelia’s behaviors and achievements are the cognitive behaviorist approach. The reason that the cognitive behaviorist approach does best explain Amelia Earhart better than other approaches because even though she had a good education, had a good career, a good marriage; she eemed to have tunnel vision when it came to flying. For example, she would only focus on flying and lose perspective on other aspects in her life. This ultimately caused her disappearance in 1937; it was her arrogance and her over achievements that did make her falter. In closing, on April 27, 1926 Amelia had no idea that her life would change forever by a simple phone call from Captain H. H. Railey, he asked her if she wants to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

There was not anyway that either of them could know it would set certain aspects in motion that would lead to Amelia’s disappearance and death as well. On June 1st 1937, Amelia embarked upon the first around the world flight at the equator. Then on July 2, after completing more than 22,000 miles, nearly two thirds of her historic flight, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared without a trace. There is much speculation about what became of both Amelia Earhart and her navigator but no one has conclusive evidence about what happened on that fateful final flight.