Kohlberg's Cognitive Development Theory Of Moral Development

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Early adulthood imposes new challenges and it causes us to cognitively develop. The older we get the more our gross and fine motor skills refine. We are concrete problem-solvers and have the ability to overcome new situations and difficulties. Many early-aged adults believe they have the solution to every problem. In early adulthood we have been through the final stages of formal operation, however there has been a dispute regarding if there is a higher stage of formal operations. Evidentially, there is an idea of a fifth stage of post-formal operation. This stage is broken down into three sections, firstly adults come to realize there is no absolute just relativity. This means no matter how much data we conclude about something it will never …show more content…
In summary, sometimes parents or young adults have to make decisions to support other people even if they don’t like what they are doing. However, moral development is a little different. Moral development is the process in which people develop attitudes and behaviors to others. By early adulthood we have acquired some wisdom and have usually distinguished right from wrong. Most importantly, Lawrence Kohlberg built upon Piaget’s cognitive development theory, to develop his own moral development theory. Kohlberg’s theory is divided into three levels with six different stages. His first level is pre-conventional moral development, which is based on punishment and reward. The first stage in this level is all about the rules. Meaning decisions are made on being punished or reward for a certain behavior. The second stage is about self-reward, which means how does it make you feel after acting in a certain way. The second level is conventional moral development, which focuses on laws and what peers think. The third stage is about what people think if you were to complete a certain behavior. The fourth stage is about law, meaning if I were to steal something it would be against the …show more content…
At this stage in life, relationships with our family and friends are very important. Our friends become our support line throughout adulthood, while also being our source of socialization. Normally, people tend to get along with others that share the same personal experiences or hobbies and that is why our friends become our support in adulthood. If you think about it people that have a family tend to hangout with other people their age with a family and single men and women hangout with other friends that are single. Finding a intimate relationship is difficult. Robert Sternberg proposed that there are two types of love, intimacy and commitment. Sternberg, made his theory into a triangle that is composed of three elements. Passion, intimacy, and commitment are the three elements in his theory. He recognizes passion as physical and sexual attraction to someone. Intimacy is described to be the caring and closeness to have in a relationship and commitment is the ability to maintain a stable relationship over a long period of time. Sternberg’s triangle theory models a intimate relationship, furthermore if a two people don’t meet all three of those elements, Sternberg describes the relationship as consummate love. Consummate love is considered to be an emotional attachment and there are seven different kinds. A infatuation relationship includes passion only.

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