Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following: dualism, multiplicity, relativism

What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?

When I entered college, I learned that ideas or beliefs my parents taught me were not necessarily the only or correct way of thinking. For example, when I came to college, I had to be more responsible and learn to cope with and do things on my own. I knew that it was wrong to stay up late partying when I had an 8 a.m. class the next day. but without my parents there to constantly tell me right versus wrong I had to decide for myself and suffer the consequences for my actions. I had to be responsible for myself, which was difficult without the immediate (face to face) support from my family. This is an example of dualism.

College also taught me that not everyone has the same thoughts or opinions on certain subjects. My view of one subject may be completely different from someone else view. I had to really think for myself and make my own judgments on whether what my professor was explaining to me was right, especially if it was different from what my parents or previous school (elementary, junior high, high school) had taught me. Ultimately, what was instilled in me from family was what I deemed to be correct until I was able to research for myself. This is an example of multiplicity.

When I arrived at the relativism stage of development, I was able to have more in-depth conversations with my parents and families on particular topics and found that our views and ideas were perhaps somewhat different. This happened during college, but mostly after college. I was able to engage more with my parents and realized we felt the same on some issues and different on others

The text suggest many marker events. Two in particular that could help a young adult transition into their current level of thinking include leaving the family home, which I did when coming to college and was able to open my mind more to views of others and the world in general; and completing formal education, which taught me that my family’s views and thoughts were not the only correct or viewed the same in the world. It allowed me to have an open mind and engage and learn from others, helping me to develop into the person I am today.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.