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There is a physical maturity that can be measured. What about mental maturity. When is a person "mature"?

I've decided on one approach. That is, that people are often reacting with situations. When people react, they sometimes do what they want to do, and other times what the situation calls for, regardless of their own preferences. My guess is, that when people do the latter, they are mature. And the fully mature person will never let personal preference get in the way of a decision, unless there is more than one solution, and both are equally good.

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Question: What is maturity?

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  • A person making a decision shouldn't let personal preference get in the way? Oh, like what food to eat or what car to buy or what house to buy? We wouldn't want personal preference getting in the way of those decisions, now would we?

    You've made your deep thought so overly generic and non-specific that it's meaningless.

    • A person making a decision shouldn't let personal preference get in the way? Oh, like what food to eat or what car to buy or what house to buy? We wouldn't want personal preference getting in the way of those decisions, now would we?

      Of course not - how could we have a functioning command economy otherwise?! (Somehow, I doubt this is what he had in mind...)

      You've made your deep thought so overly generic and non-specific that it's meaningless.

      There are deep thoughts, and then there are regular thoughts

  • There is also the issue of understanding certain concepts which affect a person's reasoning. Many would argue that the understanding of these concepts is simply experience and that it comes gradually with time. However, there are some people who appear to be more mentally "mature" than others at a different point in time. And still others who are perceieved as never having matured.

    An example:

    When you are five years old, you only have five years of life with which to measure other spans of time. At tha
    • Thanx. That's quite interesting.
      • One more note on what I was saying up above. A lot of the time perception is largely personal. Everyone is going to have variations on that front. However, *I* think that true mental maturity is achieved when an individual becomes fully aware of the fact that personal perceptions are not universal constants. This is probably the hardest thing for most human beings to do. It's human nature to percieve the world through our own filter and is well nigh impossible to do otherwise. This is why we have peop
        • true mental maturity is achieved when an individual becomes fully aware of the fact that personal perceptions are not universal constants....true maturity occurs when one can look at the world and bypass their personal filter.

          And then act in accordance with what is best for the situtation, instead of what is best for them. In that, i think we agree. :)

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