Emotional Maturity = Growing Up!

Can the QBQ! message of Personal Accountability help us grow up? We at QBQ, Inc. do believe so!

People often speak of “emotional maturity”—or what we could call growing up. 😉

So we asked our Facebook QBQ! Group members what emotional maturity means to them, and, well, we received many excellent insights and lessons. Read on to see if you’re described below!

Ross: Not being offended by every little thing.

Mary Ann: Take a moment to step back and breathe before reacting to a situation.

Tammy: Controlling your emotions instead of being led by them.

Christine: Deciding wisely whether to spend emotional energy in a given situation. Having enough self-control to not fight with irrational people. Pause when someone is intentionally trying to get a rise out of you. Use your thumb muscle to scroll on when a post you disagree with on social media pops up. Know that bitterness and grudges are like cancer; they eat us up.

Mari: Not allowing feelings to color your interaction with people unrelated to your current struggle. Not reacting immediately to perceived insults or disrespect.

Mark: Talk less, listen more.

Toni: Own your actions and words, bite your tongue—and no more whining!

Brittany: Feeling hurt without reacting like a 5-year-old.

Brooke: Owning my responses to ……. everything!

Claudia: Thinking first, reacting second.

Randy: Realizing that while I may not have control over how someone treats me, I have total control over how I react and treat them.

Shari: Biting one’s tongue. Period.

Dave: Possessing the ability to process, articulate, and respond (not react) in a healthy manner to negative stimuli.

Lisa: Having a value system that puts people and events in perspective.

Babs: Being self-aware, taking accountability when you mess up, and seeking reconciliation, not just forgiveness.

John, author of QBQ!: Practicing Personal Accountability at all times by asking QBQs such as, “How can I contribute?” and “What can I do to change me?”

Questions to ponder:

What themes are in the responses to our question?

To what extent are you described above?

Have you grown into an accountable adult at work and home?

And, how would you define “emotional maturity”? We’d love to hear. Comments welcome!

(Our photo was provided by a reader of the QBQ! book … raising ’em right! 👏🏻)


2 Responses

  1. My emotional maturity sometimes shows up when I choose Peace over Conflict. But itʻs not just a matter of choosing the “side” of Peace. It means looking at a situatuion from a neutral position, leaving judgment and past experiences out of it. This doesnʻt happen very often, but I am always amazed by the outcome when it does.

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