454. Mental maturity

Mental maturity  is the ability to respond  to the environment in the correct time at appropriate manner. A matured person is able to keep commitments, even when they are no longer new or novel. They can commit to continue doing what is right even when they don’t feel like it.

Generally, people grow matured when they become old.  As people mature, they sooner or later understand that nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad as it seems. Mature people can receive compliments or criticism without letting it ruin them or sway them into a distorted view of themselves. They are secure in their identity.

We see or hear about incidents where public figures display immature behavior in front of others rather inadvertently while playing games, giving interviews to the press, debating with political opponents, participating in competitions, or attending meetings and public forums organized by government bodies. Their true colour is getting exposed by their behavior.

Mental growth refers to an all-round development of various mental faculties, whereas maturity refers to the use of reason, objectivity and commonsense in thinking and behavior. It also refers to self-control, rationality, and emotional maturity. Maturity comes from using the higher faculties of the mind and having control over the baser instincts of human behavior.

To deal with reality in a constructive manner, we must face truth, the facts, rather than deny them. Running from problems or hoping they do not exist does not make them go away. Regardless of how unpleasant they may be at times, facing the facts is the first step to dealing with any situation.

Let us see how to develop mental maturity.  We should accept others with their good and bad qualities. We should not try to correct the mistakes of others, as we may also commit lot of mistakes. We should try to approach the problems of others from their perspectives. We should not keep any expectations from others, as we cannot fulfill any desire of theirs. We should not try to prove that we are intelligent. We should not compare ourselves with others, as every individual in this world is unique.

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