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Broderick (2015) explains Perry’s Theory of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years. In Perry’s theory, the first position the majority already surpasses is dualism. This means someone never questions their beliefs that some in an authoritative position is wrong. In my life this would have happened as a child when being taught several different things at home or in school. An example of this would be the teaching of Christopher Columbus. Another position in Perry’s theory is multiplicity.  This means someone is unsure of what to believe because now they are faced with several perspectives. I would have probably emerged with this position when I first moved out of my parents home. I was working with a diverse group of people and were faced to think about cultural differences such as how people spend their holidays. I was unsure if what I believed was even right. The next position in Perry’s theory is relativism. This marks a major change in intellectual development. During this position someone has affirmation in their own beliefs and is able to commit to their own beliefs. This would have defined my time in my undergrad in social work. I was raised in a very conservative family and have chosen a liberal field. I am able to stand by my beliefs while respecting my family’s opinions. A young adult in today’s times could achieve these different positions of thinking by moving out on their own and being employed with a diverse group of people.

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