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Maturity equips us to survive independently from our childhood caretakers, and to live life responsibly “on our own.” The question is whether biological age, extensive education, and a high intelligence quotient are sufficient dimensions for maturity at every level the human being needs to perform? Clearly not. There is a growing recognition that some additional component is essential for full maturity. This other element is none other than emotional propriety, or emotional “ripeness.”
Are we able to define the moment when a child becomes an adult? It is possible to measure physical height, muscle strength, and mental IQ, and compare this data to our chronological age to signal adulthood. Yet, there is no specific sign, no defining point in time for reaching full growth emotionally, except the so-called “well-balanced” responses to the events of life. A healthy and happy adult is levelheaded and happy, a sure sign that a person has gained emotional maturity. This might never happen. Some people never mature emotionally.
In 1994 Daniel Goleman, an internationally respected psychologist and author of several best-seller books, reported on this deficiency:
"…in navigating our lives, it is our fears and envies, our rages and depressions, our worries and anxieties that steer us day to day. Even the most academically brilliant among us are vulnerable to being undone by unruly emotions. The price we pay for emotional illiteracy is in failed marriages and troubled families, in stunted social and work lives, in deteriorating physical health and mental anguish and, as a society, in tragedies such as killings..." (From: funderstanding.com/eq.cfm)
How To Attain Emotional Maturity