"Early adulthood is the era of greatest energy and abundance and of greatest contradiction and stress. (Levinson, cited in Seal 1997: 72) Of the two key challenges in early adulthood, gaining separation from parents is the most important one to address. This essay will firstly explain what the following two main challenges are: gaining separation and achieving intimacy versus isolation. A comparison will then be made to determine the most important challenge.
Maturity comes with independence, therefore the first key challenge to address in early adulthood is gaining separation from parents. This refers to young adults physically leaving parents and starting life on their own. It i