"After giving rational thought to what is
the mature personality I have come to the following list of
characteristics which add up to what it is.
1. The major characteristic of the mature person
is that he is an independently operating individual. He goes it
alone, so there is no such thing as a mature person. There are only
people who behave maturely in their various ways.
2. The mature does what has to be done. He is not
held back in his actions or judgments by that which other people do
3. The mature does not accept without questions
existing data, theories or practices.
4. He is energetic, outspoken and expressive of
what he believes regardless of where others stand.
5. The mature does for himself and thinks for
himself. He does not look to others for their guidance or support
and he does not need their acceptance or acclaim.
6. The mature person is absolutely objective. He
does not let his emotions interfere with what has to be done. He is
an acting person who keeps feelings out of his actions. He goes by
the facts as they are not by sentimentality. He does not get
entangled in emotional problems, his or others.
7. The mature personality is goal directed. He
knows what he wants to do and does what he has to , to get there. He
does not resign himself to his fate or surrender to the inevitable.
8. The mature person does not conform to
arbitrary standards. He conforms to what he has established to be
right. He goes by his data until his data proves him wrong and then
he changes however the data demand that he change.
9. The mature person is not afraid to do what has
to be done. If a person has to be told his weaknesses, the mature
person does so without being squeamish. He does not go out of his
way to spare feelings. When people need to be shaped up, a mature
person shapes them up. Wanting to be liked is not a weakness of the
person who is mature.
10. The mature person does not feel guilty or
ashamed for doing what rationally has to be done.
11. The mature person being rational and
objective is a shrewd appraiser of that which is to his best
12. The mature person accepts that he is human
but he controls such tendencies when it is to his welfare to do so.
He does not get sentimental and maudlin about such tendencies. He
controls them himself.
13. The mature person has a reasoned, risk
taking, calculating mind. He uses objective procedures to make his
decisions. He places faith in that which he knows works, he does not
get caught up in non-workable theory or speculation.
14. He is not afraid to stand alone, even in
opposition to others, but he plans so as to have the best chance
then goes ahead regardless of what others say or what effect it has.
15. The mature person is not afraid to get his
hands dirty in order to do what has to be done. He plays hard when
he plays and he plays to win, but he does not waste his time in
activities which he sees as hopeless.
16. He is not satisfied with yesterday's ways
unless he has found them to work and he holds to them only so long
as he sees them to work.
17. The mature person is not one who resigns
himself to his fate or surrenders to the inevitable. He changes his
course rather than accept what works against him. He never gives up
control to his environment. He seeks rather to get the control that
will enable him to do what he knows needs to be done."