Psychological Neoteny

Imma­tu­ri­ty lev­els in adults are ris­ing, appar­ent­ly. Thank you, devo­lu­tion. Though I can’t say this is whol­ly sur­pris­ing. One needs to spend mere moments on web­sites where a large amount of people–adults included–gather to see the prevalance of imma­tu­ri­ty. MySpace comes to mind, and the often child­like com­ments of Slash­dot are part of the rea­son I no longer sub­scribe there any­more. Upon phpBB.com’s deci­sion to enforce intel­li­gent, mature dis­cus­sion in their Gen­er­al Dis­cus­sion forum (for­mer­ly a fair­ly care­free Chit Chat forum), the fre­quen­cy of posts of any kind (new top­ics or replies) has notice­ably dropped.

What­ev­er hap­pened to what was spo­ken about in 1 Corinthi­ans 13:11, which says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I under­stood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away child­ish things”?

It is an inter­est­ing the­o­ry. What is so hard about matu­ri­ty? And in what ways can I be more mature. I can think of quite a few actually.

To be mature is to be ripe or per­fect, refined by time and expe­ri­ence. It is notice­able that it is the word of God which is capa­ble of mak­ing am an ful­ly per­fect, ful­ly mature, ful­ly capa­ble of all good works (2 Tim­o­thy 3:16,17). But in what posi­tion is the word of God held in today’s society?

2 thoughts on “Psychological Neoteny”

  1. Now, what do you mean by immaturity?

    There are def­i­nite­ly times I am imma­ture, in case you haven’t noticed, but I can be mature when I want.

    Are you talk­ing about a con­stant imma­tu­ri­ty with no signs of actu­al matu­ri­ty or growth? Or am I miss­ing something?

    Uncon­fuse me!

  2. Col­in: Espe­cial­ly at my mom’s house, I can get quite goofy. I don’t call “goofi­ness” (as you so often demon­strate in IRC) imma­tu­ri­ty. I call it light­heart­ed­ness and mer­ri­ment. My pri­ma­ry point of con­tact for most of the peo­ple I come across is at work, and it is easy to judge–rightly or wrong­ly, I don’t know–whether some­one is real­ly mature or not based upon how they act with­in the store. Per­son­al­ly, I tie being respect­ful in with being mature, and I think most oth­ers would as well; a great deal of people–especially teens and adults–walk through the aisles of the store with com­plete dis­re­gard to the thing called respect. But those who are care­ful to keep things as they were (or who even pick up some­thing that they did­n’t even drop!), I con­sid­er it a mark of matu­ri­ty. And these are the peo­ple who will be the nicest peo­ple in the world to talk to when I greet them. That’s been my expe­ri­ence anyway.

    [/retail rant]

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