So I've been too busy to comment lately with classes but I just happen to notice that something from my psychology classes(especially lifespan psychology) is relevant in here.
There are different types of maturity, physical and intellectual maturities are what most people already know about but there's also emotional
maturities. Emotional maturity is knowing how to responsibly handle your emotions and emotional responses, and psychological maturity is knowing how to regulate your psychological well-being.
I don't know if screams and tears are proof of maturity or such nonsense, but I do know it's both normal, and good.
If done when you can afford to and with an appropriate outlet, it is
mature to scream and cry--emotionally mature that is. And to do so to keep from losing your mind is psychologically mature.
And as for...
Seraphina126 wrote:How is her shouting down a hill (and possibly causing an avalanche - the ignorant twat) a sign of her maturing, if I may ask? Instead of actually sitting down and taking her role as heir seriously? Instead of discussing her responsibilities with people she knows she can rely on, such as Kel'noz? This page, to me, rather shows the opposite. It shows to me a woman who's still a child inside, shouting out her fears and frustrations, not knowing what to do. Hopefully she won't raise the kids to be as ignorant and naive as she herself is.
To answer your first question, see above about different kinds of maturities. To answer your add-on questions, if she did that while ignoring her psychological and emotional well-being, she'd be endangering her ability to think logically and reasonably--especially as a leader. In other words, she'd be endangering her clan, and anything else she's responsible for, by endangering her means to reason and her ability to properly moderate and respond to anything that might happen. To ignore that part of oneself is detrimental to thinking responsibly.
For example, what you said about what shows the opposite? Someone who doesn't express their fears and frustrations at all, or maybe not even have them? That's not mature, especially not in this context.
At best, its naive
to think that there isn't anything to be afraid or frustrated about and that someone else would know what to do. If such problems actually had definitive answers and absolute solutions there wouldn't be a conflict in the first place; Quain would not be dead, everything wouldn't be falling apart in Chel, etc.
At worst, it's delusional
. Anyone in Ariel's position here who doesn't feel afraid, frustrated, and/or even realize they don't know what to do is straight up delusional.
To realize that no one really knows what to do in this mess, to realize it's likely only going to get worse (so she should scream now while she can), and to do what you have to to stay sane is showing a remarkable amount of maturity in Ariel. I daresay it's even more than some of the other Illharess' we've seen. (I would say most, but we're starting to see that they've just been hiding that for bluffing purposes)