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Six signs indicating emotional maturity

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Author: Daria Shekina

There are several forms of adulthood, especially when it comes to emotions. The path to maturity often doesn't depend on the age in your passport, and all the different stages can occur differently.

Here are six signs that indicate you've emotionally matured, according to Psychologies.

How we learn to manage emotions

In childhood, we are usually taught to regulate our emotions, whether it's certain gestures due to anger, bouts of crying in response to sadness, or excessive excitement in moments of joy. What we might call emotional maturity or developed emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize our own emotions and those of others, accept them, and express them without trying to hide or suppress them.

"Emotionally mature individuals are self-aware, listen to their emotions, and know how to manage them," explains psychotherapist Eri Nakagami.

They constantly work on various emotional and cognitive skills that help them cope with stressful or adverse situations and successfully tackle life's challenges.

In everyday life, emotional intelligence is an undeniable quality and can serve us in many areas, especially in relationships with others.

6 signs of emotional maturity

If there is an age when everyone is supposed to reach a certain maturity, then the nature of emotions is not inherent to everyone. And various factors, such as psychological state, family and social environment, or even childhood traumas, can influence it.

Although it can sometimes be difficult to take a step back from our own evolution, there are unmistakable signs of our maturity. Psychotherapist Susanne Wolf has compiled a list of behavioral models that illustrate the form of emotional intelligence in your relationships:

  1. Have conflicts knowing it's not a confrontation and that we're part of one team.
  2. Communicate our needs and emotions without waiting for others to guess them.
  3. Conduct self-analysis to realize our share of responsibility, rather than constantly blaming others.
  4. Be able to accept others' opinions, even if you don't share them.
  5. Understand that we can feel connection differently.
  6. The ability to relax vigilance and be vulnerable, even if it can be scary.