Aging happens to all of us who happen to live into adulthood, but emotional maturity is optional. What are the signs of emotional maturity? Here's a checklist of some of the things emotionally mature people need to master:
1.You don't pout.
2.You are direct with others.
3.You recognize that other people are allowed to have different wants, needs, and feelings than you do.
4.You handle conflict like a grown up, calmly, and respectfully.
5. You are responsible with your money.
6.You don't throw tirades or temper tantrums. You are not a bully.
7.You don't blame other people.
8.You take responsibility for making your own life meaningful and developing a purpose.
9.You listen to others from your heart, not just expect others to listen to you.
10.You take responsibility for your own health, both mental and physical. You have an exercise and food plan.
11. You can set limits and boundaries with others.
12.You take responsibility for your own emotions- sadness, anger, frustration, boredom, irritability.
13.You don't threaten or manipulate others to get your own way.
14.You don't use alcohol or drugs in order to cope or numb your feelings.
15.You set meaningful goals and work towards them.
16. You see your own part in things, and have a willingness to change what you are doing if it's needed.
17.You demonstrate values and flexibility.
18.You keep your expectations reasonable. You don't expect others to read your mind.
19.You are willing to negotiate so that both you and others get what you want and need.
20.You realize you are not more important than other people. You have compassion for others.
21.You experience and express gratefulness frequently.
22. You don't take things too personally. Often, it's not personal.
23.You operate from a place of integrity.
24.You understand there is usually another side of the story.
25.You can express affection, and open up and be vulnerable when it's safe and appropriate to do so.
26.You can forgive.
27.You can and do encourage others.
28.You don't complain and gossip to a third party.
29.You are impeccable with your word. You follow through as promised.
30.You don't spend time worrying about what other people think about you.
These are some of the signs I look for in people to demonstrate emotional maturity. We don't have to be perfect, but striving continually to operate from a mature position is a wonderful place to come from. Emotional maturity is a beautiful thing at any age, and it grows only more valuable over time.