Emotional Retardation more suitable for Emotional Immaturity

Postby birdseyeview3688 » Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:44 pm

I think in the case of an adult, 'Emotional Retardation' is a more apt term to be replaced or used exchangeably with 'Emotional Immaturity.'
A person's psychological development has only two paths to follow; you either grow or you regress. If a person grows up to the age of adulthood without ever feeding their mind with material that foster their emotional development either by influence, observation or deliberate learning, I think their emotional cognition gets somewhat rotten rather than remaining stagnant. Because by behavioural action if you analyse the emotional thought process of let's a 3 or 4 years old emotionally developing/undeveloped child (who can be said to be immature) and an 'emotionally immature' 45 years old adult, in comparison, you find that they are different. The child is somewhat emotionally not correct but straight and flexible. On the other hand the adult has a rough and stone cold, repelling resistance (or messed up) emotional thinking. Like a complex machine having a problem that is beyond fixing.. I don't think 'immaturity' does justice in describing the adult.

I am not a native English speaker. So it's a little bit hard to express myself better on this
I am hoping to know more about the emotional psychology of it all. Thanks..
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:28 pm

birdseyeview3688 wrote:I am hoping to know more about the emotional psychology of it all.


I agree that the emotional development of a 3-4 year old is different than a 45 year old. I also agree that it is easier to address emotional issues with a child than an adult.

Still, I’m not sure why it matters to have different labels for the emotional issue? Why does the label matter?
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Postby birdseyeview3688 » Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:46 pm

Richard@DecisionSkills wrote:Still, I’m not sure why it matters to have different labels for the emotional issue? Why does the label matter?


Am trying to know wether it's more apt to say 'Emotionally Retarded' or 'Emotionally Immature' when describing things like this in rhetoric or in writing...
Am trying to conclude on a more suitable term in general.
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:54 pm

birdseyeview3688 wrote:Am trying to know wether it's more apt to say 'Emotionally Retarded' or 'Emotionally Immature' when describing things like this in rhetoric or in writing...


I guess it depends on the goal of your rhetoric/writing…

If your goal is to score political points, attack someone, or generally start an argument then “Retarded” will work better. It will put people on the defensive.

On the other hand, if your goal is to have an open discussion about the topic of psychological development and how a person might be able to change over time, then “Immature” would be more effective.
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