Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following:
Dualism: In middle school when much of the world was still foreign to me. Anything I learned or heard from my parents or teachers was taken as correct and never questioned. They were the authoritarian’s and masters of the world around me.
Multiplicity: This type of thinking did not begin for me until high school. When I started having a wider view of the world and was exposed to more information. Whether it be from news broadcasts of other states or countries, or assignments which caused me to conduct research for school projects. Also, parents and teachers were likely to express different opinions on subject matter presented in high school which may not have been presented in earlier learning. There was a struggle at this stage to determine who was correct and who was wrong as I still did not have the ability to realize there are more views and interpretations and there is not just one correct viewpoint.
Relativism: I am not quite sure when I was able to start appreciating other people’s viewpoints on subjects and understanding that, though it is not my own that does not make it wrong. I am aware of it now and it likely began near the end of high school or leading into college.
What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?
Entering college is a large marker event which will expose young adults to more viewpoints and theories that they thought was imaginable, reject the “idea of absolute truth” (Blewitt & Broderick, 2015, p. 423). Another marker event is when one enters the workforce and a person is exposed to more people from all walks of life.
Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.