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The Criteria of Emotional Maturity

by

William C. Menninger

The ability to deal constructively with reality

The capacity to adapt to change

A relative freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties

The capacity to find more satisfaction in giving than receiving

The capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness

The capacity to sublimate, to direct one’s instinctive hostile energy into creative and constructive outlets

The capacity to love