Is growing up a state of mind?

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If "growing up" is referring only to a biological transition, then growing up is not a state of mind. It happens regardless of what you think or want to have happen. There are six characteristics of a living thing:

  1. Has DNA
  2. Made of cells
  3. Able to reproduce
  4. Responds to environmental...

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If "growing up" is referring only to a biological transition, then growing up is not a state of mind. It happens regardless of what you think or want to have happen. There are six characteristics of a living thing:

  1. Has DNA
  2. Made of cells
  3. Able to reproduce
  4. Responds to environmental stimuli
  5. Obtain and use energy
  6. Grow and develop

Growing and developing is a natural part of being a living organism. Humans cannot help but move from being an infant, to a toddler, to a child, to an adolescent, to an adult, etc. A person may not want to grow up, but turning 18 and becoming a legal adult is inevitable. Entering puberty and having all kinds of new biological reactions occur cannot be helped. In this regard, growing up is not a state of mind. It's physiological.

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Growing up is not a choice. You have no other choice but to become older. Whether you mature psychologically or developmentally to be au pair with your peers is a different story. If you choose NOT to endure any risks or sacrifices in life in favor of remaining in your comfort zone, that is your choice too. However, even that comes with a huge price: The fact that you will never understand the world around you unless you become a part of it. If you choose to live a life of carelessness and oblivion, then do not complaint when common sense comes knocking at your door and you keep that door shut. That's when people make what others call "dumb mistakes"-Because the time they had to learn how NOT to make mistakes was spent in nonsense. 

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I think our state of mind does depend on where we grow up. The culture of the area will influence us, but so do our parents and family members and their values. No matter where we go, we will always be influenced by where and how we grew up.
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I think that being or acting "grown up" comes with life experience, so I am not really sure that it is a state of mind, per se. People experience different things in their lifetimes that make them mature sooner or later.

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I think that our state of mind changes regularly. It does not begin in childhood. However, we are influenced by the world we grow up in. That world does create the state of mind we have as adults. Our experiences affect how we react to what happens to us.
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In response to the 6th post I would like to add that I have known people who have been forced to grow up too early. Then, later in life, they regressed. I think that this really relates a lot to experiences that people have had in life and how they reacted to them.

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It is kind of like the phrase "you are only as old as you feel", growing up is not the same as aging. Some people are forced through life circumstances to "grow up" well before others.

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A personal observation of whether one's own self has "grown up" is absolutely a state of mind. I know many people in their 50s (including myself) who feel as if they have never grown or matured to a degree where they consider themselves a completely serious, responsible adult. After all, what better times can a person spend than during their young years? I certainly remember mine fondly and try to live in a care-free manner (at least somewhat so) still today.

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Perhaps you are asking whether growing up is a state of mind.  Surely it is.  Growing up is not so much a matter of growing older, which we all do.

Growing up involves changes in one's average state of mind, if you will.  We still have changes in our state of mind as Post #2 says.  However, we tend to think differently as we grow up and that is, to me, the most significant part of growing up.

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