Daralyn. A Plains, Ph. D.
September 7, 2012
Leona Tyler was born on May 10, 1906. She was born in Chetek, Wisconsin to Leon Tyler and Bessie Carver Tyler. Leona had three siblings and was greatly influenced by her mother. Her mother treated her equally to her brothers and she encouraged her children to receive higher education because neither she nor Leona’s father pursued higher education. Leona was very smart so she was able to skip some grades and graduate from high school at the age of fifteen then she went on to graduate college at age of nineteen. Tyler got her Bachelors degree at the University of Minnesota at age 19 and a Ph. D in ...view middle of the document...
Tyler came up with the Choice Pattern Technique to determine cultural differences by individual choice. In these techniques she would give the patient a set of cards that he or she would have to put into groups according to what they were interested in and what he or she was not interested in. After sorting the cards the patient would have to explain why the cards got put into the groups they were put into. She found out from using this technique on students of multiple cultures that the more of an influence the environment had on a career choice, the less the choices. Her test also showed that when it came to careers dislikes and things that people wanted to avoid were more important than the things they liked, this would be a major finding for those psychologists in the future. Her technique proved so accurate that it is still used today in career counseling. Leona wrote at least 100 articles and books. Some of her works are “Clinical Psychology”, “Developmental Psychology”, and “Individuality: Human Possibilities and Personal Development of Men and Women”. Her books were widely used and all her work was widely accepted. Leona was active in many areas of life besides her professional life. She also took a part in many community and professional services. She served as a member of the Amnesty International and other peace organizations. She was a strong...