The Secret to Lasting Relationships

Emotional maturity

Emotionally mature people find it easy to build and maintain relationships.

”Emotional maturity is the ability to handle situations without unnecessarily escalating them. Instead of seeking to blame someone else for their problems or behavior, emotionally mature people seek to fix the problem or behavior. They accept accountability for their actions.” Monique Judge

What are the personality traits of someone who are emotionally mature?

They are responsible, honest and stable, have empathy with others, can stay calm under stressful conditions, are humble, have integrity, are well aware of their strong and weak points, have a healthy self-esteem and are prepared to do what it takes to fix a problem. 

What is emotional immaturity and how does it effect us?

A person who are emotionally immature may present with some of the following symptoms:

  • They get angry easily at the slightest provocation.
  • They have unrealistically high expectations of others, which mean they are frequently disappointed.
  • They usually suffer from a low self-esteem.
  • They struggle to develop meaningful relationships with other people by being too needy or overbearing which frighten people off.
  • They find it hard to deal with normal life challenges.
  • They tend to live in the past or in the future – instead of in the now.
  • When confronted with uncomfortable emotions, they tend to take it out on other people.
  • They can suffer from severe mood swings and find it hard to control their behavior.
  • They usually have a pessimistic outlook on life and their talk is mostly negative.
  • They have learned to feel helpless in life, feeling they have no control to make positive changes.
  • They deal with stress with difficulty.

If you are tuned out of your own emotions, you will be poor at reading them in other people. Daniel Coleman

What causes people to be emotionally immature?

Greg S. Baker from Divine Ingredient says there are 2 primary causes for emotional immaturity:

  • Emotional trauma as a child or young person.
  • Never having had to accept responsibility for one’s own actions.

Why does childhood trauma cause emotional immaturity?

A child do not possess the skills and understanding to cope with trauma. When is child is exposed to trauma, for example sexual molestation or bullying, they have an inability to process the hurt and the only way they can cope with the trauma is to pretend it never happened. Although they physically grow and become mature, their emotional growth is halted at the age the trauma happened.

In cases where a person never learned to take responsibilty for his/her actions, the parents areat fault. Parents who fail to hold children accountable for their behavior, rear a child that knows hr/she can get away with anything. They become destructive adults that mess up relationships because they never learned empathy, they get into debt because they never learned to manage money,they lie and shy away from taking responsiblity for anything in their lives. It is always someone’s elses fault.

Can I improve my emotional maturity?

The good news is that you can even as an adult improve your emotional maturity. Here are some things you can implement in your life everyday:

  • Stop blaming others and accept responsibility for your life.
  • Live in the present – not in the past or future. The only impact you can have is in the now.
  • Be pro-active. Seek solutions for problems.
  • Accept that you have choices – live doesn’t just happen. Write down what you value and what your vision for your life is? What do you dream about? Start making good choices. Take your time to make decisions – especially long term ones.
  • Become aware of your emotions. Learn to be friends with all your emotions – you have emotions for a reason. You don’t have to react on every emotion. Most of them you can allow to float by like a leaf on a lazy river.
  • Always be honest. Live with integrity. Do what you promise. Be trustworthy.
  • Develop empathy for others, be sensitive to their feelings. They also get hurt.
  • Learn to pause – don’t react in anger. Breathe, listen and wait before you respond.

How do I help my child to become emotionally mature?


You may chat to an online counselor for more help : LIVE CHAT

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A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.

”As a man thinketh”  by James Allen


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