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    Sense of responsibility is the first thing that comes to mind. Though responsibility for what is vague, it would be more about responsibility for one's own actions.

    But also, maturity seems to come with age, so even then, some degree of experience I guess implies maturity--being learned and learning.

    And then looking at the quote the OP added, I guess maturity requires an ability to interact with the rest of society in a healthy way, despite whatever problems you may have with other people and other things beyond one's self.

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    I would also like to add, to be mature is also to be able to look at ourselves, smile, and still be a kid at heart while taking responsibility for our own actions so that we remember where we came from in order to be true to who we are?

    I think it's important to balance it out with a sense of humor so that we also remember to enjoy life. ;D

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    My first thought was that it's the ability to defer or even forgo gratification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    ...and what makes a person emotionally and psychologically mature?

    Do you live up to your own standard of being mature?

    Food for thought:

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    Mature is the same as it is in biology. It's growing. You can be a playful obnoxious asshole and still very mature.

    Jokes are immature when they're simple and not much intelect is put into them. Jokes are mature when they're designed my sophisticated and strike out to a larger audience, or the audience they're targeted to finds them exceptionally funny.

    Emotional maturity means you can understand your emotions and other well back up with decision making skills that give you your desired result [even if it's pissing people off or irritating them.].

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    I'm with Viv on this. Understanding yourself, and the world. That probably goes with the dictionary meaning too, which is "reaching an advanced stage of mental and emotional development."
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    I don't think if I like the word maturity, precisely because it's a concept that when applied to you is also being defined by everyone but you. Maturing is becoming better and is dependent on your definition of 'better'.

    I think I will never fully mature according to some people's definition. "Coming to terms with society", for example, is not always beneficial imo.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    My first thought was that it's the ability to defer or even forgo gratification.

    That's called "stamina" or "skillz".

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    What is maturity?

    OWN IT!

    (my personal motto in life)

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