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Emotionally Immature Behavior: Explanation & 28 Characteristics

Emotionally Immature Behavior: Explanation & 28 Characteristics

What is the difference between emotionally mature and immature behavior? How can you become aware of emotionally immature behavior so that you can do something about it? Read along… 

Characteristics of emotionally immature behavior

  • Tense and irritated.
  • You don’t like to be vulnerable and you want to avoid shame.
  • You are constantly annoyed by others.
  • Refuse to admit that you have done something wrong yourself.
  • Not open to learning new things.
  • You criticize others.
  • Pushing your way through.
  • Passive, lax and apathetic.
  • Blaming others, even for your own problems.
  • You rarely or never change your attitude.
  • You rarely show positive, sociable and cheerful behavior.
  • You cannot deal with adversity.
  • You get stuck in negative emotions.
  • You are described as ‘difficult to deal with’.
  • You are pessimistic and cynical.
  • Egocentrism: everything revolves around you and you have no empathy for others. You do not give spontaneous attention to others.
  • Difficult to make agreements with.
  • Childlike behavior in the elderly. You are an adult with childlike behavior.

Characteristics of emotionally mature behavior

  • Being open to opinions, information and advice from others. You are eager to learn and enjoy acquiring knowledge.
  • You know how to handle humor. You can put things into perspective and laugh at yourself.
  • Flexible handling of disappointments and the ability to get up and straighten your back.
  • Easy going.
  • You smile regularly.
  • No criticism to others.
  • You are at ease, relaxed, peaceful and calm.
  • Not whining and biting, but flexible in attitude.
  • Responsibility for your property, other people’s property, yourself and other people.
  • Optimistic.

Can I also do something about it and develop emotionally healthy behavior again?

There are always two gigantic steps you can take to develop emotionally mature behavior (again).

  • Receive feedback : ask people around you what you could improve. Then set the goal to work on this in the coming period.
  • Often emotional instability comes from stress. Work on your stress level  and notice that you can suddenly find more strength to bring up emotionally mature behavior.

On your luck!

About The Author


Hello! Thanks for reading these articles. My intention is to make happiness as simple and clear as posssible. By the way, excuse my English. I am not a native English speaker since I live in Amsterdam. Much appreciated if you use the comments to make suggestions on my grammar. See ya in another blogpost!