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What does it mean to be mature?

  1. Feb 15, 2006 #1
    I've been called a few things in my day (not a lot of 'em, but hey...), and "mature" seems to be a common one. So, I ask, what does it actually mean to be "mature"?
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2006 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    My age; whatever that happens to be at the moment.

    Usually people are referring to your maturity level as opposed to your age. For example, if you are a very responsible person at age 16, you might be considered mature on that basis. You might be considered mature as a function of your interests. You might be considered mature based on your demeanor... So I think its a term relative to the context; if there is one.
     
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  4. Feb 15, 2006 #3

    JamesU

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    maturity is when you realise that making thread asking about it is immature
     
  5. Feb 15, 2006 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Isn't it past your bedtime yommama?
     
  6. Feb 15, 2006 #5
    he sure seems a bit pissy lately doesn't he?
     
  7. Feb 16, 2006 #6

    Lisa!

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    1. not being too influenced by whatever is happening around you and just do the right thing!:bugeye:
    2. not commenting on what yu have no idea about.
    Therefore, I shouldn't post in your thread! :biggrin:
     
  8. Feb 16, 2006 #7

    Astronuc

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    Probably being responsible is a common meaning. Along with that goes being deliberate, thoughtful, considerate, dependable, sincere, respectful, honest, using careful consideration and sound or good judgement, and basically being a decent person. Lisa!'s first definition would apply.
     
  9. Feb 16, 2006 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    thoughtful, considerate, sincere...?

    HONEST????

    It would seem that you feel that there are many immature, old, business tycoons?

    I had one employer who blatently tried to shame me for my naivety, for being honest; and over nothing of consequence no less.
     
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  10. Feb 16, 2006 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    Though these are certainly good qualities to have, I don't understand the connection to maturity.
     
  11. Feb 16, 2006 #10

    Mk

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    Yeah, maybe he's having those bladder control issues again.
     
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  12. Feb 16, 2006 #11
    Maturity, I vaguely define as having:

    *Capacity for reason (in other words-->critical thinking), and
    *Willpower (to act upon the reason<--as concluded from that 'critical thinking')
     
  13. Feb 16, 2006 #12

    jimmy p

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    Maybe it's cos you were mean to him in the "thread killer" thread. Or cos I :rofl:ed at it.

    Maturity makes things less fun. It is something I lack. I still run around my flat making monkey noises.

    I suppose maturity is a measure of how adult you are. But how do you judge that? Who was the most mature person ever, who is the benchmark for everyone else's maturity?

    Anyway, immaturity is better. It has become my new way of meeting people. To quote Seinfeld (seeing as FredGarvin did in another thread)

    "So, do you date immature men?"
    "Almost exclusively."

    If it works for him, it has to work for me. :biggrin:
     
  14. Feb 16, 2006 #13
    It's not about mature or immature, it's mainly about affection one has and it never I blive apprears in those who don't even feel or understand what is a true affection for even a thing !!!
     
  15. Feb 16, 2006 #14

    Lisa!

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    Who's yommama, btw?:tongue2:
     
  16. Feb 16, 2006 #15

    jimmy p

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    I don't know, I was just spawned in a pool with my brothers and sisters. No, wait, that's tadpoles.

    Maturity is not hijacking someone else's thread! :biggrin:
     
  17. Feb 16, 2006 #16

    Lisa!

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    Yep! And it's not also mature to call someone else immature even if he is!:tongue2:
     
  18. Feb 16, 2006 #17

    jimmy p

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    Well it CERTAINLY isn't mature to point out that calling someone else immature when he is, is immature. :tongue:
     
  19. Feb 16, 2006 #18
    fake chris, why are you still talking to like that ?
     
  20. Feb 16, 2006 #19

    jimmy p

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    Who is fake chris?
     
  21. Feb 16, 2006 #20

    Lisa!

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    well, being argumentative alos couldn't be mature. So I guess I'm out of here!
     
  22. Feb 16, 2006 #21

    jimmy p

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    I was only playing around!

    which is immature in itself.

    Anyway, back on topic. Maturity is knowing the correct way to act in the correct circumstances.
     
  23. Feb 16, 2006 #22

    Astronuc

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    I was reflecting on the qualities of a mature or developed person. One could refer to 'mature' as meaning that one has come of a certain age, i.e. seasoned or experienced.

    Thoughtfulness and consideration, as well as the capacity for critical thinking (a good point made by bomba923), come from achieving a certain level of development. I would also add the quality of discipline, which goes with the willpower also mentioned by bomba923.

    In some, perhaps many, cases - yes! Donald Trump comes to mind as an example.

    Not very mature behavior on the part of that employer.
     
  24. Feb 16, 2006 #23

    Ivan Seeking

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    Interesting. For me, this is more a matter of choosing what kind of person one will be rather than an issue of maturity. I believe that most adults make mature decisions to be either good people, or bad people. With every choice that we make we define who and what we are.
     
  25. Feb 16, 2006 #24

    Astronuc

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    I more or less agree with that. One chooses to be what or who one is - certainly.
     
  26. Feb 16, 2006 #25

    jimmy p

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    However you aren't the judge of your maturity. It is other people looking at your actions and deciding for themselves.
     
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