In recent posts about gender maturity, I thought of maturity as the same definition a politician once used to describe porn, which I’ll paraphrase now: “I can’t describe it, but I know it when I see it.” I figured everyone basically shared the same idea of what maturity was.
Several people made a point, which I agree is valid, that we should have a common agreement about the definition of maturity. And others have mentioned studies that I need to read. So I decided, before continuing that series, let’s come up with a common agreed definition of maturity. Also, any relevant studies or evidence, feel free to provide.
I will put the most popular choices into a poll that can be voted on. Then I’ll proceed with the series.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines mature as:
Having reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an adult.
That still doesn’t tell us much though, so let’s see if we can refine that or go into an altogether different direction.