Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following:
What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?
During my personal young adulthood, I believed that college was the next step after high school and that no matter happened or what I did, I would go to college and succeed. I believed that I was intelligent and regardless of the effort I put in or the amount of partying I did, that college would be a breeze. However, after my first semester I realized that this was not true. I encountered multiplicity, where I learned that people come from different life’s with different perspectives and that college was not the next step for everyone and that if I wanted to succeed I would have to learn it. Broderick (2015) reports that during this stage an individual is confused and that confusion is exacerbated by volume of ideas and information they are given. I learned that I could take perspective from other people and learn from it, but I also learned that just because everyone has their own experiences, values and ideas, not all of them fit into my life.
I believe that two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking are their decision to obtain higher education and being independent from their family by obtaining their own place of residence. Each of these decisions requires that the young adult grow as an individual, learn new things about themselves, cope with stressful decisions and the consequences of their actions.
Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 408-437). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.