How to Stop Being Immature

Overcoming immaturity is a significant aspect of development during adolescence and young adulthood. Dictionary.com defines immaturity as youthful behavior "lacking wisdom, insight and emotional stability." Remember that being an older age does not necessarily mean you will show maturity. Make an intentional effort to stop being immature and to begin growing in understanding.

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Improve Self-Awareness

Enhance your self-understanding and put a stop to immature behavior by being more aware of your actions and feelings. Self-assurance is key in cultivating a sense of purpose in life and for developing mature responses to people and situations, says psychologist Tom Lickona, in his publication, "Character Matters." Realistically assess whether you have mature characteristics such as loyalty, dependability and compassion. Consider how you want others to think of you. Identify what you can improve, such as being someone others can count on so your friends and family see you as dependable.

Foster Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence -- the ability to understand and get along with people -- is one sign of maturity, asserts TeensHealth in "Emotional Intelligence." Understanding others' perspectives, paying attention to your feelings, regulating your emotional reactions and intentionally deciding on your mood can help you stop being emotionally immature. When you recognize why you feel the way you do, you can choose to respond maturely and verbalize your emotions calmly. For instance, instead of overlooking small offenses until they build into a big emotional blowup, make the effort to talk things out as they happen.

Take Responsibility

Blaming others, failing to stand up for what you believe in, lying and impulsive actions may reflect immature character. Acting responsibly and letting others know you are dependable can reduce these behaviors. Demonstrate respect for yourself and others, exhibit honesty, and show compassion and self-control, suggests The Children's Trust's article, "Developing a Responsible Teen." Put a stop to immature tendencies by having the courage to be who you are, owning up to your mistakes and following through with what you say you're going to do.

Avoid Risky Behavior

Involvement in risky situations can be a reflection of social immaturity. Drug and alcohol abuse or trouble with employers can indicate difficulty in achieving an adult level of maturity, according to psychologist Mark Dombeck in his article, "Robert Kegan's Awesome Theory of Social Maturity" on MentalHelp.net. Use discernment when making choices about the company you keep and going to social events, like parties. If your friends participate in underage drinking or other reckless behaviors, such as driving at high speeds, chances are they aren't the best people to be around. Align yourself with others who have strong values, who respect your views and who won't pressure you into risky situations.

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