Are Older People Wiser?

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Some perspectives on wisdom, from both psychological research and my Nana. It turns out that both reveal it’s much more nuanced than saying “older people are wiser” – there are different types of wisdom, wisdom is positively correlated with personality traits and wisdom can even be learned.

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Jeste, D. V., Ardelt, M., Blazer, D., Kraemer, H. C., Vaillant, G., & Meeks, T. W. (2010). Expert consensus on characteristics of wisdom: A Delphi method study. The Gerontologist, 50(5), 668-680. https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/50/5/668/559258/Expert-Consensus-on-Characteristics-of-Wisdom-A

Staudinger, U. M. (2008). A psychology of wisdom: History and recent developments. Research in Human Development, 5(2), 107-120. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15427600802034835?journalCode=hrhd20

Weststrate, N. M., Ferrari, M., & Ardelt, M. (2016). The many faces of wisdom: An investigation of cultural-historical wisdom exemplars reveals practical, philosophical, and benevolent prototypes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(5), 662-676. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0146167216638075



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