Emotional development is also known as emotional maturity. It is a phase wherein people are understood to tackle their emotions in a controlled manner. Emotional development happens only when a person is exposed to various types of situations in his life and it cannot be learned theoretically. Like a rich man who has not seen hunger, poverty, sickness, death and only enjoyed riches in his life, will never know the different emotions of sadness, anger, disappointment, despair, and hopelessness. All these emotions are also required for a human being to understand what and how will he respond when adversity strikes in his or her life.
Emotionally mature people do not allow negativities of life to affect their progress and in fact, are known to convert their challenges into opportunities. If you watch reality shows of singing and dancing, you will get to know the stories of rural Indian children who struggle a lot and work really hard to overcome the challenges of their lives and grow ahead. They are not born with a golden spoon and neither do they have any mentors, yet they don’t give up and emerge to be mentally strong individuals when they win a program or get a chance to appear on television, and that allows them to see both good and bad sides of life.
Emotionally developed people are aware of their both strengths and weaknesses and know how to react and act in different situations. For example, if a loved one is yelling at you just because he is going through a rough patch in his life, you will not react by yelling back but instead, try to understand his situation and give him hope. And that’s the sign of emotional maturity. Feelings like empathy, love, respect, privacy, giving space and time to others come to you naturally because, at one point in time, even you have been there struggling where someone is now.