Mother Teresa: Life Span Development and Personality
November 3, 2014
Mother Teresa: Life Span Development and Personality
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, I am Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus” (The Holy See, 2014). Mother Teresa is an inspiration for many. This quote shows her true devotion and yet shows how she accepted diversity. When one thinks of Mother Teresa, maybe someone will think she is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted individual who made a difference in the religious community. That is true, however, in the study of Psychology, she is regarded as a transformational leader (Breckler, Olson, & Wiggins, 2012), an unexpected CEO to emulate (Bose & Faust, 2012), a person with a Red personality because of compassion (Hartman, 2012) and a person of impeccable moral personality (Gustavo & Edwards, 2012). The focus of this paper is to expound on the author's statements but to know the influences of Mother Teresa's development and two theories that best describes her personality. During interviews, Mother Teresa does not want to talk about her early life. She only discloses that she has one sister and brother during interviews and that they were happy (Spink, 2012). However, author noted that Mother Teresa grew up in a well-off family (Spink, 2012). Her life story was more accurate and detailed after her death (Spink, 2012). Her background was according to the insights of her brother, Lazar (Spink, 2012). Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Albania. She was the youngest of three siblings. Gonxha Agnes is the baptismal name of Mother Teresa. Nikola Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa's father, was a descendant of a wealthy family known for trade (Spink, 2012). He was a council leader and became a public figure (Spink, 2012). He was noted disciplinarian who values education for his kids. Mother Teresa's mother, Dranafile Bojaxhiu, "raised her children firmly and lovingly" (The Holy See, 2014). Mother Teresa's father always wants to remind them of "who they are" when they were children (Spink, 2012). It is contradicting to what Mother Teresa's life would be. Mother Teresa's traditional ideas about women in the home are influenced by the upbringing of her mother, Drana (Spink, 2012). Her mother was her role model (Spink, 2012). Mother Teresa rarely talks about how her mother was busy in the house while her father was working. However, her mother will change their clothes to make sure they are clean to greet their father (Spink, 2012). Mother Teresa's father died in an unknown cause that affected them financially. Her mother still raised them well. As what the Holy See said, Drana "greatly influence her daughter's character and vocation" (The Holy See, 2014). Mother Teresa's moved out from their home at 18 and went to Ireland. She has never seen her mother since she left (Spink, 2012). In September 1928, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland and was called Sister Mary Teresa (The Holy See, 2014). On December 1928, she moved to India and arrived in Calcutta in January 1929 (The Holy See, 2014). Her independence at a young age and during the 1920s can be attributed to her father's authoritative style of parenting. The authoritative style encourages independence in children but limits its control (Wallace & Godstein, 1997). Her love to teaching is also influenced by her father's priorities for education. She spent 20 years teaching and became a school principal (The Holy See, 2014). Mother Teresa left the convent to answer another calling, "a call within a call" (The Holy See, 2014). Upon seeing the neglect of the poor, Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity (The Holy See, 2014). Mother Teresa went to the poorest of the poor, cared for the sick and dying. According to the Holy See, Mother Teresa started the day with a...
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