Thursday, July 28, 2005

Maturity

I remember an acquaintance making a post some time asking her friends to define maturity for her. Curious, I looked to see what they said and saw most opted for an overly-long and drawn out definition containing many points. I piped in and let them know the fact that most dictionaries don’t even try define maturity psychologically. My definition entailed that psychological maturity is the state in which a person consciously acknowledges that every action will have a consequence, no matter how small that action. This usually happens whenever we emerge from adolescence, with an understanding that we aren’t as “invincible” as we thought we were. One of the definitions on her comment thread was similar, but I do not believe “responsibility” a necessary condition for psychological maturity. If that were true, would we label all successful risk takers, which include several entrepreneurs and leaders, as immature? Maybe I’m also wrong? It is definitely a strong possibility.
“…MUCH TOO YOUNG TO FOCUS
BUT TO OLD TO SEE…”
Song of the Moment: “Prince Charming” by Metallica

4 Comments:

At Thu Jul 28, 09:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jack and Coke said...

I believe you can be mature and still feel invincible...

 
At Thu Jul 28, 09:40:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

Well, yes, especially when you have nothing to lose. "A man without hope is a man without fear."

 
At Thu Jul 28, 05:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger Don't Panic said...

A man without fear is still being breast-fed.

 
At Thu Jul 28, 09:59:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dave/Scott said...

"Fear is the mind-killer." Dammit, I've been force fed too much Frank Herbert.

 

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