Many people strive to show maturity. It involves a level of wisdom, intelligence, and emotional awareness. But, surprisingly, being a mature person doesn’t have all that much to do with age!
Maturity is a valuable trait, and it’s one that you can learn slowly by incorporating certain habits into your life. Here are 18 characteristics of a truly mature person.
18 Traits a Mature Person Displays
1. Kindness and Consideration
Someone mature is often compassionate, as compassion is an indication that you are capable of placing other people’s interests in front of yours. This trait means that you can:
- Celebrate the successes of others without jealousy
- Learn how to sacrifice in moderation for the betterment of others
- Take an interest in the wellbeing of others
2. Maintaining Commitments
Delayed gratification is difficult for anyone who isn’t mature. You need to focus on meeting commitments, even when those commitments may no longer be impressive for you. Here are some examples of engagement found in mature people:
· Meeting Deadlines
A committed person ensures that their work is completed and sent on time or sooner, even if they don’t have the motivation to do it.
· Keeping Promises
Another way to be mature is by honoring your word. If there is someone you promised to meet, make sure you meet them or give them a heads up and proper explanation if you are unable to do so.
· Being Consistent
When taking on commitments, more often than not, they are marathons rather than sprints. This accountability means you need to keep a consistent pace and focus on steady progress over hurrying forward until your passion dies.
3. Emotional Control
Maturity involves reasonable emotional control. Someone who is mature will not be quick to anger, projecting a positive demeanor. This outcome is done by:
· Being Cool
You will be able to appear relaxed and calm if you can control your emotions, and others around you will instinctively relax, too. It’s a prime mark of maturity.
· Having A Solid Emotional Foundation
Mature individuals have an emotional strength that provides a good foundation for their positive thinking. This means they are less likely to be overwhelmed by too-strong feelings, preventing destructive tendencies.
· Not Allowing Anger To Control You
A mature person is in full control of their anger. Though some things can still take them by surprise, they will likely not be easily irritated or discouraged by setbacks.
4. Being Guided By Principle
Principles can help guide an individual in their maturity. The values your principles hold can help point you towards living an honorable and respectable life. Having beliefs helps you with:
- Being more proactive instead of reactive as you progress through life
- Mastering your emotions
- Making decisions, you can be happy with
5. Modesty and Humility
Modesty and humility are often associated with maturity. Your humility allows you to put yourself on the same level as others and understand them better. This means you:
- Do not let success cloud your judgment and personality
- Will always treat others with respect regardless of their social standing
- Will not place yourself on a higher level than to others
6. Applying Knowledge
Maturity often links with intelligence, and intelligence is often associated with the ability to learn from past experiences. A mature person is someone that implements their expertise in everything they do. For example:
- They have an awareness of themselves as well as their surroundings
- These people can make informed decisions based on the situation at hand
- They often have positive thinking and avoid excessive complaining in bad situations
Self-management is an essential trait for maturity. Being mature means having the capacity to manage your own life in a self-sufficient manner, under your ability. This involves:
- Being able to ask for help in a positive way when needed, without playing the victim
- Having the ability to collaborate mutually with others to complete a task
- Ensuring that they complete tasks and commitments on time
8. Taking Responsibility
All choices come with consequences, and as a mature person, you should be able to take responsibility for your decisions. This means taking accountability with positive thinking when you are even partially responsible for difficult situations.
But taking responsibility isn’t just about righting your wrongs – it’s also about being responsible for yourself and for those you commit to. All in all, maturity can involve:
- Ensuring you are looking after your physical and mental wellbeing
- Dealing with the positive results or negative consequences that come with your actions
- Not shifting blames onto others
9. Never Taking Advantage Of Others
A mature individual does not let being in a position of power cloud their judgment. They do not take advantage of others, even when it would be effortless for them to do so. As a person with a higher position, a mature person will:
- Listen to the opinions of others and consider them instead of going on a power trip
- Realize that their perspectives are not sufficient, as that they are a part of a broader world
- Learn from others, no matter their position
- Never control the people around them into doing things against their will
10. Ignorance of Unimportant Criticism and Flattery
Being mature means being able to accept the opinions of others and learn from them. This open-mindedness is because maturity allows you to realize that things are not merely black and white, and nothing is as positive or negative as you may initially believe. The world simply doesn’t work like that!
Mature people don’t allow criticism, flattery, or compliments to sway them because they know that all these issues are subjective and based on individual and unique opinions. They will take constructive critique into account, of course, and will express gratitude for compliments, but they will not allow those things to rule them.
11. Enjoying Themselves
A lot of people incorrectly believe that maturity directly equates to being bland, boring, or continuously neutral. But that’s not true! Mature people know how to have fun and enjoy themselves. They understand that unwinding is necessary. This means that guilt-free, knowledgeable people:
- Take time out of their schedules to enjoy their hobbies
- Understand when they need to rest
- Do not fully book their time with work
It is not easy to accept yourself as you are, especially when others keep telling you that you should change. But when you are mature, you embrace who you are, and you are confident about yourself. You will feel comfortable with yourself instead of feeling inferior and wanting to please others by being someone you are not.
There is power in accepting yourself, complete with all your flaws and strengths. A mature person does not only obsess over their faults, instead embraces them and allows their appreciation of their intricacies to drive them to improve themselves and change for the better.
This doesn’t mean that mature people are full of themselves. It merely means that they are confident in their skin and accept themselves as they are. They have no interest in changing who they are to better fit in or make others happy.
13. Knowing Limits
Knowing your limits is a clear sign of maturity. Considering the potential risks associated with your actions and how they may affect you is a mark of a mature trait. This helps in decision making so that you can avoid situations where you bite off more than you can chew. This means they:
- They are innovative, but they’ll never force their ideas onto others
- Are daring, but are still cautious and do not endanger themselves or others
- Do not take unnecessary risks
A mature individual is open to looking at things from different perspectives. They strive to understand others and would never judge the people around them based on external factors or first impressions. Open-minded individuals:
- Do not label others
- Do not automatically exclude people who they don’t understand
- Try to see where others are coming from
- Strive to bridge the gap between different groups of people
- Do not try to apply their perspectives to others
15. Looking Before Leaping
A mature individual would never claim to have all the answers, and that’s why they choose wisdom and forethought over jumping headfirst into all situations. This isn’t to say they aren’t game for risks or adrenaline-pumping events, but it does mean that in cases where that isn’t necessary, they see no point in acting without thinking.
Mature individuals may also consult those with more knowledge before jumping into new pursuits. This means mature people, as they love pursuing further information, are always asking questions – and they are never ashamed of where they get their knowledge from. They would also never claim to know everything, though they will happily share what they know with those who ask.
16. Knowing You Don’t Know everything
Here’s a simple fact – and this ties in nicely to our previous point! – no one knows everything. A mature person can easily accept that fact and is not interested in changing that. Instead, they focus on setting aside their pride and having the willingness to learn from just about anyone, even those who could be perceived as less knowledgeable.
17. Never Using Emotional Blackmail
Excellent and honest communication is a vital skill that every mature individual possesses. A mature person will never resort to using emotional blackmail when expressing their needs to others. Mature people can:
- Be assertive with their communication
- Convey authority in their words without sounding overly forceful
- Be direct and convey all necessary information to others without beating around the book
Mature people are always able to find goodness in their life and be grateful for what they have. Armed with the knowledge that there are many other less fortunate individuals in the world, mature people are thankful for what they were born with and for all they can achieve.
As a mature person, you need to learn not to take things for granted. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, instead, be grateful for what you do have and keep that positive thinking going!
Anyone of any age can be mature. The only thing mature people have in common is their kind, smart, open-minded traits, and with this list of 18 of them, you can begin your path to true maturity.