Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following:

dualism- An example in my own thinking for dualism would be when I believed that I and those in my in group had the “right” ideas and those that were different than me or in the out group had the wrong ideas. This would have occurred before I was questioning the rightness of those in my in group such as my parents when I was a teenager.

multiplicity- An example of multiplicity in my own thinking would be when I was surrounded my numerous viewpoints and learned that there are numerous perspectives to consider.

relativism- An example of relativism in my own thinking would be that through evidence I know what is right and that not all all ideas are equally good.

What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?

Broderick (2015) states that one marker event according to Perry’s theory of postformal thought that develops these different levels of thinking would be going to college or higher education where one would be taking advanced courses and hearing numerous different viewpoints. Another marker would be being around people that are considered to be in your out group. Spending time with those that hold different viewpoints can help develop their thinking and beliefs.

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