Hitting puberty or reaching the legal age does not automatically make you mature. Some people grow physically, but emotionally, they still have a long way to go to become adults. For you to lose your childish or immature title, you would need to show some traits, such as being able to be happy for another person.

We look at the traits you need to adopt before you can consider yourself a true adult.

Characteristics Of A Mature Man

Having Control Of Your Own Emotions

7 Traits You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature

Instead of easily getting angry at another person for something they do, a mature person would be quick to control their emotions. Being mature means that you are less likely to be overwhelmed by your own emotions and react destructively.

Taking Responsibility For Yourself And Your Actions

7 Traits You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature
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People make decisions every day and those decisions have consequences. Someone who is mature will take responsibility for their actions.

You are mature when you actively take care of yourself, your happiness, and the things that get in your way because of your choices.

Feeling Thankful For What You Have

Another characteristic of a mature person is when you feel grateful for what you have, instead of complaining about what you don’t have. You don’t take things for granted because you recognize that not everyone is so lucky.

You’re Able To Accept Yourself For Who You Are

7 Traits You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature
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It is not easy to accept yourself as you are, especially when others insist that you must change. But when you are mature, you accept who you are and feel confident about yourself.

You will feel comfortable with yourself instead of feeling inferior and wanting to please others by being someone you are not.

Realizing How Much You Don’t Know

7 Traits You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature
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A person cannot know everything, but it takes maturity for someone to realize that there are many things that they do not know. If you are mature, you will put pride aside and be willing to learn, even from someone younger than you.

Being Aware And Considerate Of Others

Having compassion is part of maturity. You will think of other people instead of always putting your interests first. Sacrificing yourself for others comes first, before pursuing your own desires. When other people are successful, you will celebrate instead of being jealous of them.

Being Humble And Modest

7 Traits You Need to Have to Call Yourself Mature
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If you are a mature person, you will not let any success go to your head. You will treat people with fairness and respect no matter what. And you won’t feel the need to promote yourself above the rest.

Which of these qualities do you think you have? Can you name any other qualities you need to be considered mature?