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What is Maturity?

Psychological Perspectives


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Ken Silvestro, PhD

There are several common answers to this question. For example, an older person is mature. Or, a person who is wise is mature. Another common belief is that a moral person is mature.

Although there is some value to these answers, none of the answers are accurate enough. Don't we often see or hear people who are older making immature statements and behaving childishly? And, isn't the news full of moral people doing immoral acts? So, the question remains: What is maturity?

There isn't a maturity rule that provides an absolute definition which people can follow as a guide or that can be appli...

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