8 Characteristics of Immature People

Since relating to people with some degree of immaturity is often complicated, here are some clues to their traits and how to approach them so that it is easier to deal with them.

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Immature people are characterized by not having given up certain childhood desires and fantasies. Hence, the lack of emotional regulation and egocentrism are two of its most characteristic features.

Impulsiveness and lack of empathy are also usually present in this type of person. They are carried away by whims and avoid situations that may be unpleasant or boring, to a greater or lesser extent. They even tend to impose and demand others to think according to their perspective.

Now, it is also important to mention that despite showing emotional immaturity in most cases, they are not always like that. According to the moment, some features stand out more than others. Let’s see below which are those that are most immature.

“Some people have not understood that the Earth revolves around the sun, not them.”


1. Lack of empathy

Immature people do not usually find it easy to put themselves in the place of others, in fact many do not even think about it. They are so accustomed to thinking about themselves that in order to empathize with others they need to do a whole exercise of reflection to inhibit their egocentricity.

Due to the lack of empathy, they think that there is only one vision of the world, theirs, and as soon as another person shows disagreement, they think that it is wrong or they reject it.

2. Lack of introspection

It is rare for immature people to devote time to self-reflection. They can spend their lives ignoring the possibility of observing themselves and learning from their mistakes. In this way, they also do not know what their deepest needs, goals and dreams are.

3. Impulsivity

High impulsivity is one of the main characteristics of immature people. These do not usually regulate their actions or emotions and do not think about the consequences either in the short or long term

Often, this characteristic leads to problems with the rest, both on a personal and work level and, sometimes, in problems to manage their resources, such as money. In this way, they may embark on purchases that they can not assume, since they do not objectively evaluate investments. Therefore, they often live with a large number of debts.

4. Tendency to blame others

One of the most common characteristics of immature people is the tendency to blame any other person for what happens. This is due to their belief that they do everything right and do not make mistakes.

These types of people do not usually take responsibility for anything they do, think or feel. Therefore, when it suits them, they adopt a victim position.

5. Egocentrism

Immature people tend to think only of themselves and, therefore, often believe that others are also very interested in their own personality.

They proclaim themselves special. They are arrogant and feel infallible. However, despite appearing to be safe people with high self-esteem, deep down they are very insecure. Hence, they need to constantly feel admired by others.

6. Appearance of rituals and whims

Immature people get carried away by that which brings them pleasure, which can happen to have a great importance in their lives.

Curiously, contrary to what happens with their impulsive actions, these caprices usually appear in a ritualized and priority manner. Therefore, an immature person may be late for an appointment because he was watching his favorite series or because he was more interested in choosing his clothes well than in being punctual.

7. Special importance to the public image

Immature people often worry too much about situations that may negatively affect their public image. Hence, they go to certain places and undertake projects in order to improve their popularity.

As a rule, these types of people need the approval of others, since they receive it as an instant source of pleasure.

8. Aversion to boredom

Since immature people tend to seek their own pleasure and well-being, they also try to avoid situations in which they can not find those types of sensations, such as when experiencing boredom or discomfort.

“Maturity begins to manifest itself when we feel that our concern is greater for others than for ourselves.”

-Albert Einstein-