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?
One example of my own thinking that reflected dualism is my belief that whatever my mother said was correct and I had to follow her guide and not question my own belief. This is something that I experienced in my early adult years and utilized my mother as guide in my own knowledge, especially during my late high school years. Broderick and Blewitt (2015) explains that dualism is when individuals never think to question their belief that authority embodies rightness. An example of multiplicity in my own life is when I entered college and had to take in different perspectives from different people from various backgrounds to understand their position on certain topics. Multiplicity is when someone is exposed to a mass of theories, social experiences, and information (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). An example of relativism in my own life is towards the end of my undergraduate educational experience as I was confronted with information from different people and formed my own opinion regarding different topics as I understood that not every position was a correct position. However, I could perceive everyone’s opinion on a topic objectively. Relativism is a major achievement in intellectual development where young adults can stand back and consider different perspectives objectively (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Two marker events that can help young adults develop into their own thinking is when they separate from their parents and get their own place like going to college or simply just moving away as this will help them move from dualism into multiplicity. Another event that can transition a young adult is going into the workforce or going into a new environment with different people that they are not familiar with as this can help them move from multiplicity to relativism.
Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Physical and Cognitive Development in Young Adulthood. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed., pp 422-423). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.