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Theory Of Emerging Adulthood

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In “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” by Robin Marantz Henig she opens up discussion on the theories of why twenties’ year old are not reaching milestones in the way that earlier generations have. This brings up the idea of emerging adulthood, and the argument of incorporating emerging adulthood into life phases. While in the article it does seem like emerging adulthood is only for the privileged, including emerging adulthood has more potentials benefits such as giving people the opportunity to learn about themselves and for their brains to fully develop, while the only risk is seeing if the theory applies to all the youth. The brain does not stop developing until about the age of twenty-five. In most countries eighteen years old is the…show more content…
This self-discovery journey helps for people to realize what they truly want to do with their lives. People now want to live their lives for themselves, unlike the past generations. In earlier generations, there was milestones to live by. Now, people are realizing there is no use for these milestones. Young adults are not getting married now or having kids because they have realized that they were never properly taught how to love themselves or anyone else. Throughout generations people have been taught that the only way to succeed was to go through these milestones, but while every generation grows up believing this, they start to realized that they are not getting anywhere. People are now seeing that parents are what directly effects how people act later in live. This is touched on in the article when Henig mentions, “We have come to accept the idea that environmental influences I the first three years of life have long-term consequences for cognition, emotional control, attention, and the like” (204). If earlier generations would have been able to go through emerging adulthood they would not have messed the next generation up. Kids are growing up thinking they need to follow specific milestones, while these milestones are not able to be reached because of economic, political, and social reasons. The only reason these milestones are forced is because their parents had no chance of self-discovery and to do things that…show more content…
While this might seem true, the reason emerging adulthood is for everyone is in the basic fundamentals of the theory. Everyone goes through a self-discovery time, and some never stop discovering things about themselves. That applies to everyone no matter the background. White kids from nice families have the luxury of time to learn about themselves, but that does not mean a kid from the ghetto does not. They are both discovering themselves, but they are doing it in different environments. And these environments are what is going to teach people about themselves. In many minorities they do not want to recognize that kids need to have freedom and support to be themselves. There is a cultural expectation for minority kids to be mature without any time to actually become mature. But that does not mean they do not go through a ‘self-discovery’ phase, if emerging adulthood was recognized, it would drop the risks of it alienating everyone and give freedom for everyone to be
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