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Definition of maturity
Maturity is when you live your life by your commitments, not by your feelings. Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision.
Types of maturity
There is mental (cognitive), physical, and emotional maturity. During one’s lifetime, there are many types of maturation. But the two most important kinds of maturity during childhood are physical and cognitive maturation.
When you become physically mature, you become an adult. However, not all adults are “mature”. In fact, most of them aren’t. Have you heard the saying “growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional”?
Emotional maturity is growing up by working on your personal development. It’s learning not to take things personally and responding to negative people assertively rather than passive-aggressively. It’s facing your problems rather than running away from them or ignoring them. It’s being able to agree to disagree with someone else without disrespecting them.
Age of maturity
While physical maturity occurs around puberty, cognitive maturity occurs at about the age of adolescence (between 13 and 17, but some argue that women’s brains mature at 32 while men’s brains don’t mature until the age of 43) when the brain is fully developed. However, thanks to neuroplasticity, you can always improve your mental maturity by lifelong learning.
When it comes to emotional maturity, age never defines it. It can only define how old a person is physically but it cannot measure how wise or how mature a person is. Age brings maturity and makes one wise because of one’s hardships and experiences throughout the person’s lifetime.
Signs of maturity
- Realizing how much you don’t know.
- Listening more and talking less.
- Being aware and considerate of others as opposed to being self-absorbed, self-centered, and inconsiderate.
- Not taking everything personally, getting easily offended, or feeling the need to defend, prove, or make excuses for yourself.
Importance of maturity
Maturity improves the ability to make good decisions. And with wise choices comes more stability in your life overall. Gone is the flurry of bad relationships, iffy decisions, wild nights out and horrible jobs. As you settle down, life becomes that much more stable and, consequently, easier to handle.
Assessment of your maturity
Behaviors are easily observable and practically every person is naturally attuned to them to some degree. Most people are quick to judge a person’s maturity. After only seconds one can assess to a degree how mature a person is simply by observing how they act, or how they express themselves verbally.
I just took a quiz to assess my maturity level (click here to test your maturity level).
How to increase your maturity
- Check your ego at the door. Maintaining relationships is more important than being right.
- Be in the moment.
- Increase self-discipline.
- Develop personal responsibility. Apologize and make amends when you make a mistake, but don’t beat yourself up over it.
- Be a victor. Don’t act like a victim of life’s circumstances or like you are helpless to your surroundings.
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