Posted by: Pastimes | 2009/03/19

Mental age

A friend of mine mentioned awhile ago to me that
he dated a girl with a " mental age" 

He went on to explain that this means that although
the girl was, say 25 mentally she was like 15.

Is this for real? is it like retardation?

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Not for real. Nobody with expertise would use this term the way he did. There is a concept in psychology of a mental age, meaning the age equivalent of the way one thinks and functions psychologically, and in that sense everyone has a "mental age", and maybe a social age, as the way they behave socially may be different again.
Your friend was probably trying to show off and being pretentious, and merely meaning that the girls is rather immature in how she behaves.

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Posted by: hippie | 2009/03/19

what about extended periods of recreational drug or alcohol use doesnt that stunt your emotional age, so 15 yr old parties for 20 yrs at 35 stops
and has the emotional intelligence of a 15 yr old?

Are you saying CS that life events determine mental age?

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Posted by: You got it !! | 2009/03/19

The thing is this. They may be 25 years of age and seemingly quite intelligent,but....... there is a gap in their mental development that they have not passed since they were say 16 or 17. They still want to go out and jol with the youngsters, wear hip clothes and do the silly things that 16 year olds do. They like to date " bad"  boys, get tattoos, smoke a bit of dope, thinking they are still in matric and believing that the movies West Side Story and Grease are in fact real. They have no concept of the meaning of a stable relationship,(its boring !!) no roots and are also devoid of intelligent conversation or any conversations for that matter unless its something they have read about in one of those trashy teen mags. They cannot grasp the concept of a budget or saving for the future. They have no ambition and no foresight unless its for now and today. Ask your freind if any of this rings a bell with him !! The problem is, when their tits start to sag and the face falls into wrinkles and they still want to be with the in crowd, they really lose all dignity and become a laughing stock. Get the picture ?

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