From Today’s NY Times


This is an excerpt from article by Phyllis Korkki, The Science of Older & Wiser

True personal wisdom involves five elements, said Professor Staudinger, now a life span psychologist and professor at Columbia University. They are self-insight; the ability to demonstrate personal growth; self-awareness in terms of your historical era and your family history; understanding that priorities and values, including your own, are not absolute; and an awareness of life’s ambiguities.
Wisdom in this sense is extremely rare, Professor Staudinger said, and research has shown that it actually declines in the final decades. As a coping strategy, it is better to be positive about life when you are older, she said, and the older people skew that way. They are more likely to look back on their lives and say that the events that occurred were for the best; a wise person would fully acknowledge mistakes and losses, and still try to improve.

6 thoughts on “From Today’s NY Times

  1. Carole Webber March 13, 2014 / 9:41 am

    I think we pass for older and wiser with flying grades
    How old is this Professor ?

    • fictionfitz March 13, 2014 / 9:42 am

      Don’t know. , good question.

  2. jhvn March 13, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Excellent comment on the meaning of “wisdom” by Prof. Staudinger. How sad that he finds this wisdom declines in the later decades of life. I must say that I seem to be gaining more of this wisdom in my geezerhood, but then I am no doubt biased. How can we geezers reverse that decline? I feel another geezerhood blog coming on.

    • fictionfitz March 13, 2014 / 10:55 am

      Good, I look forward to your long over due geezer post.

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