Life Span Development and Personality
August 20, 2011
Kurt Cobain One
Kurt Donald Cobain, known for being a song writer and lead singer for Nirvana was born in Hoquaim Washington on February 20, 1967. Cobain seemed to have a pretty happy childhood growing up in Aberdeen Washington, a small logging town, with his Mother (Wendy) and Father (Donald). However, at the age of 8 his parents got a divorce and Cobain became very withdrawn. He lived with his father after the bitter divorce and would visit his mother and sister (Kim, born in 1971) on the weekends. Kurt's father later remarried and Kurt resented his stepmother and her two children.
Its not hard to see the obvious road blocks that were developing in Cobain's mental development as a child into his adolescents. His psychological development issues were mainly emotionally based issues, that lead to depression, isolation, and alienation. Cobain was a very unhappy child and adolescent. He would limit his interaction with his mother and sister, and ended up pushing himself farther away from his father, half-brother Chad (who was born in 1979)his stepmother, and her children . Cobain during this time lacked a sense of belonging and family as a result of his environmental setting. The environment that Cobain grew up in was unstable, and lacked any real moral standers for a child to understand. He bounced between his mother's and his father's house, and was also pushed on to different relatives .
During this time there were also suspicions that Cobain was being physically abused and was present during periods of drug use . His parents tried to be very supportive to his sister and himself, but they would yell and tight around the children before their very ugly divorce which caused a very unhealthy environment for the children and caused some emotional instability in the house. But despite every obstetrical in Cobain's childhood, he was encouraged to play sports and instruments by his parents, and his uncle Chuck gave him his first guitar during this rough period in Kurt's life, which would be life changing , and would become his emotional escape from his own emotional turmoil.
Kurt Cobain two
There was no report of psychological issues stemming from either his mother, father, or grandparents, so most of Cobain's psychological conditions and poor psychological developments were based on his environment influences during his up childhood and adolescents. It seems easy to say that Cobain's family dynamic played a huge part in his development and growth psychologically. His parents failed in some ways to make sure their son was okay emotionally and morally, and it may have been their lives were just filled, or they felt as though Kurt was just a different sort of kid. But someone dropped the ball, and as a result Kurt turned drugs and Punk music in order to cope and deal with his feelings.
In 1982, Kurt officially moved from his fathers house after his feelings of not being a part of “their family,” grew to be too strong. He went to live with his mother, sister Kim, and his new stepfather Pat O’Connor. He attended Aberdeen High school, and impressed his teachers with his artistic talents, and odd taste in subject matter. Cobain's development was stunted during this period in his life though. He used drugs and alcohol and would fight with his mother and couldn't stand his stepfather. Kurt also got picked on and beat up by his peers in school, which lead to an even grater feeling of not belonging, inferiority, and low self worth. His mother also drank heavily during the time Kurt lived with her, which made the situation even worse. He started listening to Punk music a lot at this time...
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