Early and Middle Adulthood
Over the course of the lifespan people change daily and change at different paces. Where we come from as well as who we come from, molds us into adults. We just discussed the middle childhood and adolescence phase. In this paper, we will examine the psychological adjustments to aging and the lifestyle that occur within individuals during early and middle adulthood (emerging adulthood), which can be looked at as a separate developmental stage.
Social and Intimate Relationships
The social and intimate relationships that people experience during early and middle adulthood can change greatly. As I will explain later in this paper, role changes affect these ...view middle of the document...
As we all enter emerging adulthood we go our separate ways into the world and try to chase success.
The exploration that occurs during emerging adulthood continues with intimate relationships. Romantic love is very complex. Many emerging adults have a series of sexual relationships before seeking a true partner in marriage. “Given that romantic attachments are particularly valuable avenues for identity exploration, one might expect that emerging adult romantic relationships would be less stable and more focused on sexual experimentation and personal sexual satisfaction” (Leveque, 2012, para.3). I think that this quotation quite simply refers to emerging adults looking for more quality and meaning in an intimate relationship than younger counterparts.
Healthy and Unhealthy Habits
Growing up my mother used the old “you are what you eat” catch phrase and over the years I have heard many like it. Oddly enough, there is truth to those phrases. Healthy habits learned at an early age from our parents and our peers lead to a healthier path through adulthood. The first healthy habit should be learning to eat correctly at a young age. Today with the “obesity epidemic,” even young children are posing serious risks to their health by making poor choices and exercising much less. As we have spoken about in previous chapters of our textbook, much of these behaviors are passed down from parent to child. Because the child sees a parent conducting this behavior, the child may view it as normal. Young adults choose high calorie, low nutrient foods. As adulthood progresses, metabolism slows down significantly. To maintain a healthy weight, adults need to eat less and move more. Body weight is partly determined by genetics; therefore young adults should know about their family medical history and be proactive in fighting of potentially life-threatening issues like diabetes or heart disease. Opposite of obesity is the potential for other dangerous eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.
The next habit I want to examine is alcohol consumption. Those who drink alcohol in moderation (1-2 drinks per day) live longer than those who do not drink alcohol. Moderation is the key word in that statement. As emerging adulthood, young adults will face pressure from peers to consume alcohol in large quantities. This can lead to alcohol poisoning or even death. Young adults should know that no one is exempt from becoming an alcoholic. Risky behavior goes hand-in-hand with alcohol abuse. Sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy are a few...