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DID YOU KNOW?!

Facts about Growing Up / OLD


People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don't. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best - they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


The human brain stops growing at the age of 18from then on, it is simply a slow progression towards an eventual death

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


Studies shown by the Psychology Department of DePaul University show that the principal reason to lie is to avoid punishment.
Example: Let's say your child asks you for a cookie, and you ask them "well, what did your mother say?" As they reply "Mom said... yes." they look to the left. This would indicate a made up answer as their eyes are showing a "constructed image or sound. Looking to the right would indicated a "remembered" voice or image, and thus would be telling the truth.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


People who have never been married are seven and a half times more likely than married people to be admitted to a psychiatric facility.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


The lens of the eye/ ears / nose continues to grow throughout a person's life.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


An estimated 25 to 40 percent of women care for both their older relatives and their children. Half of all caregivers also work outside the home.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


What is Biological aging?
Ex. At 20, a top athlete is #1 in the world at his sport. At 35, he is #150. What happened?
He underwent BIOLOGICAL AGING.

DID YOU KNOW?! Facts about Growing Up / OLD


Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Unit 1: Personality & Identity


Moving Toward Maturity

Discussion (WHIP)
A. List & Discuss (5) qualities that represent maturity needed for adult life. B. Say 1st thing that comes to mind with these terms: Maturity (Positive Aspects), Immaturity, (Positive Aspects), Maturity (Negative Aspects), Immaturity (Negative Aspects) C. What are some symbols of maturity? Are these symbols true tells of a persons maturity? D. Dear Abby Quote: Maturity is: The ability to stick with a job until its finished. The ability to do a job without being supervised. The ability to carry money without spending it. The ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.Do you agree? Why or why not? E. What is the relationship b/t independence and a secure sense of identity? Why might a strong sense of self and high self-confidence lead to more independence? F. Does AGE = MATURITY?

Maturity
People show maturity in their physical, mental, emotional, social, & moral selves
True maturity is never reached; b/c personal development never stops

Maturity
Level of maturity people reach varies (i.e. can be very physical, but low moral or emotional)

Maturity
Mature people have established their identities and become independent (Living & DecisionMaking)a good decision for you will:
Fill your needs & wants, not those of somebody else Not hurt you or anyone else emotionally or physically Be realistic & based on fact, rather than on hope, wishes, or fantasy Have acceptable short- and long-term results

Maturity
Conforming
an aspect of independence is knowing when to express your individuality & when to conform
Conformfollow the customs, rules, or standards of a group Some conformity is needed for life & society to run smoothly Must use good judgment: when is it good to conform? when is it bad?

Maturity
Self-Discipline
The ability to direct your own behavior in a responsible way Young kids = no self-discipline Responsibility; you are able to see the relationship b/t what you do now & the results your actions have in the future Needed to work towards long-term goals; hard to give up todays pleasures for something that may not happen for days, weeks, or months

Maturity

Good Habits (to aid selfdiscipline):


Decide what you want to get done or accomplish (set meaningful goals) Make time to get things done (if its important, find the timeif not, drop it!) Set up a deal or a trick to motivate yourself (set a series of short term goals w/ rewards in order to accomplish longterm goals) Make lists

Maturity
Respect for Others
Consider the needs/feelings of others Ego-centrismthe inability to see life from anyone elses viewpoint; place self in the center of lifes concerns (most kids think that the world revolves around them) Sensitivity towards others (others needs are considered) = sign of maturity Does egocentrism affect relationships with others? With what qualities of a good relationship does it interfere? (i.e. reciprocity, empathy, mutuality, communication skills, etc)

Maturity

Prejudice
Is an unfair or biased opinion, often about certain religious, political, racial, or ethnic group. Opinions or knowledge = not based on factsthey look at labels, not at people Prejudice is learned; but it can be UN-learned

Maturity

Failure
Does Failure help you grow?
Gives you new information. You discover what doesnt work Pushes you in new directions; you may want to learn new skills Makes you more realistic about what you can / cant achieve Gives you freedomyouve survived so now you feel braver to try again Makes you more human to other people (warmer & more vulnerable) Makes you appreciate the good times more

Are you Mature?


Do you accept responsibility for your mistakes rather than make excuses for them? Do you accept what cannot be changed? Do you work to change what needs changing? Do you control strong emotions? Are you open to other points of view? Are you willing to do jobs that are difficult or unpleasant?

Are you Mature?


Can you work w/o reward (or w/o immediate reward)? Can you wait for what you want when necessary? Are you determined to overcome stumbling blocks? Do you keep promises? Do you think for yourself? Can you put the needs of others before yourself when necessary? Are you able to accurately decide when it is necessary to put yourself first?

Rites of Passage
A rite of passage is a ritual that marks a change in a person's social or sexual status. Rites of passage are often ceremonies surrounding events such as childbirth, or milestones within different age groups What are some rites of passage we have in American Culture that represent maturity? Are there any rites of passage that your family has that most others do not? What about other cultures?

Rites of Passage
Rites of passage of the young Hamar people:
'jumping over the bull'. This ritual involves a young mans coming of age and symbolizes his time to marry and be accountable to his family. During the ritual the man must jump over the backs of what seems to be a half dozen cattle four times. His sisters will also be whipped before hand.

Rites of Passage
The Hispanic tradition of the Quinceanera celebrates a girls 15th birthday with an elaborate celebration, complete with a ball gown, an escort, and an entourage of attendants. After meeting with a priest to talk about what it means to be a woman, she celebrates with family and friends at a banquet in her honor.

Rites of Passage
Filipino culture has cotillions to celebrate their young women coming of age. The Apache Nation has the Sunrise Ceremony where young women are painted and then enter into days of prayer, dancing, and instruction.

Rites of Passage
An African Tribal male initiation through excruciating scarification

Rites of Passage
Graduation is the receiving of an academic degree or the associated ceremony

Rites of Passage
Other Types and examples Rites of passage are diverse, and are often not recognized as such in the culture in which they occur. Some examples are given in the following subsections. Coming of age rites Adolescent circumcision Debutante ball Dokimasia First haircut Gembuku among the samurai Graduation Poy Sang Long Prom Quinceaera Russ in Norway Schoolies week in Australia Scarification and various other physical endurances Starting to wear nail polish, lipstick or other make-up In various tribal societies, entry into an age grade -generally gender-separated(unlike an age set) is marked by an initiation rite, which may be the crowning of a long and complex preparation, sometimes in retreat.

HAVE FUN!

Do maturity review section in Packets & Watch Video Clip on Life-Span Expectations