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Processes for establishing belief based on proof derived by systematic examination of evidence.
Awareness of good and evil is based on one's own intuitive images of the social and physical worlds.
Quasi-logical thought is concrete, that is, based on experience with little consideration of context.
Stories are interpreted literally. God is a parent figure. Parents are godlike.
Thought continues to be influenced by others. Peers become increasingly influential, sometimes displacing parents.
One's values/beliefs are subject to in-depth exploration and analysis.
Increasing clarification of one's values/beliefs and acceptance of responsibility for acting on those values is the primal challenge of young adulthood.
Open consideration and acknowledgement of paradox and opposing ideas and perspectives.
Transcending specific belief systems, including one's own, to achieve a sense of oneness with all people.
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