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Word Count: 1426 Timothy-Jon Discar UWP101: Haynes December 2, 2010 The Possibilities Provided in Emerging Adulthood Throughout one’s adolescence, there are certain restrictions one must abide by.  These restrictions are based on one’s living conditions, age limit legalities, or financial  limitations, but after a period of time these boundaries seem to dissipate. In Jeffrey  Arnett’s article, “Emerging Adulthood: A Theory of Development for the Late Teens  Through the Twenties,” the author argues that in between adolescence and adulthood is  another significant stage of development in which he calls emerging adulthood (469).  Within this stage, emerging adults are allowed to explore many options not available in  adolescence  without the   constant  pressures found  in  actual  adulthood.  Through  the  accessibility of options within affection, employment and world perspectives, I am able  to undergo the same level of identity exploration found in the emerging adulthood Arnett  portrays. During my adolescent stage of life, I was confident that I understood the concept  of love. Encountering many transient relationships since then, I reflect now and realize  that I did not know as much as I thought about the opposite sex. But as Arnett suggests in  the article, “Dating in adolescence often takes place in groups, as adolescents pursue  shared recreation such as parties, dances and hanging out,” I, too, fall victim to love’s  evil underdeveloped twin: Infatuation (473). During my adolescent years, significant  others were just someone I can watch a movie or go to the next football game with. But  Arnett suggests that one of the main characteristics to adolescent relationships is due to  the overwhelming possibilities of options. It was really my first time experiencing dating,  love   and   sexual   experimentation.   Thus,   my   relationships   were   very   transient   and  tentative, finding significant others when convenient rather than for affection. During this 
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Word Count: 1426 phase, I had a countless parade of significant others that have changed as the seasons past  simply because of the options presented at hand. But after high school, my views on  relationships seem to change. Falling right within the age frame that Arnett proposes, my 
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