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The Maturity Continuum and Relationships

by Lewis Denbaum on September 14, 2010

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey sets forth a personal growth paradigm called the Maturity Continuum.  In the ideal world, according to Covey we would grow from dependent to independent to interdependent.  We start out totally dependent on our parents for food, clothing and shelter.  As we grow up, we become independent from our parents.  The final stage, if we choose to move forward, is to realize that when we work with others in a harmonious way, we can accomplish more than we could on our own.  Marriage is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate interdependence.  Where are you on the Maturity Continuum physically, mentally and emotionally?  How does your location on the Maturity Continuum affect your relationships?

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