Taylor Alison Swift: The Storyteller
Are you familiar with the pretty girl who has a curly blonde hair that is fond of long gowns, princess dresses, cowboy boots and brings glittery guitars during concerts? Do you know this girl who writes most of her songs about her ex-boyfriends and usually tell a story? Do you know this person? Well, she is none other than the famous Taylor Swift. Biography
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA to Scott Swift and Andrea Swift. Her mother named her after the singer James Taylor because of a belief that a gender-neutral name would help her become successful in business. She has a younger brother named Austin Swift, a photographer. At the age of nine, Taylor joined musical theaters and performed well-known musicals like Grease, The Sound of Music, Annie, and Bye Bye Birdie. When she was fourteen years old, her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she started her career as a country singer. She acquired her love for music especially country music with the influence of her grandmother who was a professional opera singer. Taylor would religiously practice her guitar skills for four hours a day until her fingers bled literally. From there, she started composing songs with the stories usually about girls who have been dumped or bullied finding a way to recover themselves. She writes personal songs that people could easily relate. Aside from her talent in music, she graduated high school in 2008 holding the reputation as a straight-A student. This American singer-songwriter and occasional actor went through many relationships, which became an inspiration in writing her songs. She dated Joe Jonas, a singer, and Taylor Lautner, an actor. She also had a romantic relationship with John Meyer and Jake Gyllenhaal. At present, she is dating Conor Kennedy, the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. She writes songs for people she develops a relationship. According to her, “Everyone I know has had fair warning! I’ve always written about who's spending time with me, so if they get into any kind of a relationship with me, they know what they're getting into.” Taylor has been called the “role model” and “America’s Sweetheart”. She inspires many people especially the youth. The world has blessed her with a lot of awards and honors which includes six Grammy Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards, ten American Music Awards, thirteen Broadcast Music, Inc. Awards, six Teen Choice Awards, and as a songwriter, she has been honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Association. As her way of saying thank you, she gives free school concerts, helps earthquake and flood victims, protects children from cyber bullying, donates to a variety of charities, and supports youth-oriented social causes. Personality Structure
Let us focus on the cognitive perspective in order to analyze Taylor Swift’s personality. The cognitive perspective is a school of psychology that “examines internal mental processes, such as creativity, perception, thinking, problem solving, memory, and language.” It is concerned with a person’s mental processes.
Taylor Swift is like a scientist who has expectations or hypothesis in life. According to George Kelly, a cognitive theorist, people are like scientists who create theories. Like scientists, ordinary people have hypothesis too in order to explain reality. If scientists do experiments, ordinary people also test their theories about reality by engaging in different activities. This metaphor explains the entire theory of Kelly.
Kelly believed in the philosophy of constructive alternativism. Constructive alternativism is the thought that there is an absolute reality that can be experienced in different perspectives. Therefore, one reality can be explained by different people with different perspectives. Let us take for example the parable of the table. We know that the...
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