Development’ is a constant process of transformations brought on by experience and maturation (both physically and psychologically).

Development and degeneration are the two developmental processes that begin at conception and cease at death, and they essentially co-occur throughout life.

Early years of life are characterized by growth, while later years are dominated by degeneration, yet growth does not end. For instance, the cells being replaced continuously, the growth of hair, etc.

Developmental changes are constant.

Are you aware of your physical and psychological changes that are constantly taking place?

Studies say that most people are only vaguely aware of their developmental changes until they occur unexpectedly or significantly alter their way of life.

As you become aware of the changes that are happening from within, you may start developing specific attitudes about them, which could be positive or negative, and it depends upon various factors.

Your attitudes regarding developmental changes may be influenced by your appearance, behavior, cultural norms and stereotypes, the roles you play and how you adapt those roles, and your own experiences.

Goal of developmental changes

The objective of developmental changes is an adaptation to the environment in which you live, and in order to reach this objective, “self-realization” or “self-actualization” is crucial; yet, this objective is never constant. The desire to achieve your potential and transform into the person you want to be (both mentally and physically) is known as self-actualization.   It has an essential impact on mental health, and obtaining it depends partly on your innate skills and partly on the learning that you acquire during your early years of life.


Developmental Psychology by Elizabeth Hurlock

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