Emotional And Intellectual Development Levels

1202 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
The difference in emotional and intellectual development levels can be seen in Chris when he often acts like a child despite having a college diploma. When Chris gets his job at the McDonalds he makes a clear effort to show that his managers, or anyone else, do not have power over him. McDonalds requires that all its employees wear socks to work; this proves problematic as Chris abhors wearing socks and gets into an argument with a manger over the issue. While he does eventually succumb to the policy, he makes a clear effort to show that the power his managers have over him is conditional. ”Kind of like a statement, to let us know we didn’t own him, I guess.” Krakauer notes that as soon as his shift ends, the first thing he would do is take his socks off in front of his managers and coworkers in a rebellious manner. His efforts to show that no one is in control of him can be compared to the unruly nature of a five year-old when told not to do something. At 22 years old and a recent college graduate, one would expect Chris to be more mature in his behavior and decisions however that is clearly not the case. This fallacy can be best attributed to the fact that Chris was raised in a dysfunctional family with an authoritarian parent. With this is mind, we can understand that his behavior and the gap between his intellectual and emotional development is only to be expected from children of these kinds of households. The mold of the eldest child in a dysfunctional family fits…
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