Monday, April 27, 2015

Maturity, Its Logical and Real Definition

A trait that gives a sign that a person really acts as an adult. But then again, until what extent is maturity when it comes to the far more ethical perspective? Let's find out.


Before proceeding, one may have to read first an article involving a person being matured by clicking this link.

So, let us discuss the very point of the word mature. In the business world, as many accountants, bankers, and those financial advisers would say, that maturity is indeed a state of being mature. [You may Google it here] .. In every insurance policy, bonds, notes, or even those in debt that is in agreement with the bank accordingly to the terms that may affect the face value of the debt, one may say that maturity refers to the date that a debt instrument will be in full and will be redeemed accordingly in accordance to the agreed terms.

But, let us not talk about the business maturity dates whatsoever. It is indeed more important to focus to a psychological perspective of maturity.

Accordingly to the site Psychology Today, that maturity is in fact an emotional state simply focusing on "growing up" and thus, giving time to prepare for so-called responsibility, every student will face by adulthood. [1

In Wikipedia [2], referring from the following citations, describes maturity:  

"In the world of psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in.* Adult development and maturity theories include the purpose in life concept, in which maturity emphasizes a clear comprehension of life's purpose, directedness, and intentionality, which contributes to the feeling that life is meaningful"**

* -  Wechsler, David (1 March 1950). "Intellectual Development and Psychological Maturity". Child Development 21 (1): 45. doi:10.2307/1126418. JSTOR 1126418. 

** -  Adler, Nancy (November 1997). "Purpose in Life". Psychosocial workgroup. MacArthur. Retrieved 2011-11-03.


And there's in fact an issue here. There are circumstances that a person is indeed far more serious to such responsibility, reaching to the extent that it is already disrespectful to many people. As per reading from this website questioning maturity stating:

"Like most interesting words, "maturity" is hard to define.  The most literal definition is just "how much you act like an adult."  But since adult behavior varies widely, and we often call some adults "immature," that's not very helpful.  As far as I can tell, the most important components of maturity are:

1. Orientation toward work rather than play.

2. Taking a long-run view rather than acting impulsively or spontaneously.

3. Being serious rather than silly.

4. Identifying with - and taking the side of - older people."

[cite] Caplan, Bryan - "What is Maturity - and Who's Got It?", Library of Economics and Liberty, Dec.9, 2009,
(retrieved 2015-04-27)

Analyzing further, and Bryan Caplan's description of Maturity are in fact half correct. Let's give it a further logical explanation.

1. This is correct, except that a person's work is in gaming industry. It is giving a point, failing the primary concern of what most people do - loving their jobs as if they were playing. In fact, it is much stressful to work on a job that a person don't like. But then again, better orientate to more responsibilities.

2. This is correct, again. With exclusions. Future planning and contingencies are a must. But there are unexpected events coming out of the blue. Conclusion: Treat short-term and long-term plans equally. Both have their benefits.

3. This is indeed half-correct. Being weird isn't bad, being funny isn't bad, nor does having fun on things. In fact, being serious is one of the most lethal things of being mature. Let me give an example.

Assume that you are a big brother. And this little sister of yours is indeed (deceivingly) matured than you. She works more on the chores in the house than you are. One day, you are studying, reading and solving with all of those notebooks and other reading materials. The bag is at your left side in another chair, you are already finished and is about to return all of those learning materials into a bag. Your little sister meanwhile, is cleaning the house, no doubt. Suddenly, she get your bag without notice and putting it on the right place without permission. You argue, and she was saying was she was fixing all these mess inside a house.

In the given example, there is indeed nothing wrong in cleaning the house, citing it is a mature thing to do. What is wrong in the example was that, getting a bag without permission is unethical and worse, a disrespect on the big brother's part. The little sister is serious in most things involving orderly environment, contributing in a mere disagreement that her actions are that insulting. Conclusion: There us nothing wrong in being serious. Too much of it and it may spark a huge conflict, a war on a massive scale that takes toll on both sides.

4. Correct if one is talking to a wise, old person. But generally speaking, there are much more irrational old people today that in any sense, making these factor a disagreeable one.

So, if one is speaking maturity, think deeper. That person is speaking a deep word that in any cases, making that person deceivingly matured, even though it's not.


Maturity is equal to responsibility, and that is half-correct. Maturity does not limited to responsibility alone. It has many other things to factor like: ethics, morals, acceptance, and most of all, does not blame other people nor complaining the things that should do.

Bottomline is that, a matured person is in fact a professional-minded person, accepting and respecting the ideas of others; the one who says motivational and constructive advices rather than destructive ones; does not complain on the job that partake, and the most important - the one who does not limited of the self, but rather cherish the others in a point that all side benefiting one after the other.

So, if someone says "I'm matured than you", just saying "That trait of yours being judgemental to me is a sign that you are not matured."

Think again before uttering a word.

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