Emotional Maturity has developed when I can:
- acknowledge, accept, and identify my feelings,
- share my feelings with others in ways that strengthen relational connection,
- empathize with others about their feelings, and
- choose appropriate and healthy behaviors, even when I am experiencing intense or painful emotions
In other words, when I am emotionally mature: I am aware of my emotions; I am connected to others in emotionally intimate relationships in which I know others and they know me; and my emotions no longer control my behaviors.
–Melissa Haas, Emotions 101