When reviewing examples of my own thinking at one or more points in my life that reflect dualism, multiplicity and relativism, I will begin with dualism.  Broderick (2015) states dualistic thinking implies a rigid adherence to authoritarian views and when I thought like this, who I viewed as an authority, was automatically seen as right or correct. During my late adolescence and early adulthood, the views presented to be regarding church and spiritual beliefs were accepted as true and correct, without question.

When examining the subject of multiplicity, it involves people thinking about numerous different ideas, theories, other perspectives.  I recall begrudgingly accepting that there were different perspectives that I had not been exposed to and how painful it was in the beginning to process all of that new information, but how it soon became an interesting opportunity to challenge previously held beliefs while exploring other options.

In regards to relativism, I recall the moment when I discovered that ideas and differing opinions were to be respected; however, in order for them to be accepted, I had to challenge their authenticity and seek evidence to prove their validity.  I think that is a manner in which I approach new information to this day – be open to it, explore it, assess the information according to some level of evidence and accept what the evidence provides.

Two marker events that could possibly lead to a young adult person developing into their current level of thinking might be any significant events that provide changes in lifestyle, responsibility or circumstances; for instance, graduating from college and the new challenges and opportunities that await an individual at such an impactful time in life or meeting that special person that totally changes one’s thinking about the future and how the new person can be a part of it.


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