All About Wisdom

It can be difficult to define Wisdom, but people generally recognize it when they encounter it. Psychologists pretty much agree it involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs. There's an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance.

Wise people generally share an optimism that life's problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn't sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.

Recent Posts on Wisdom

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

By The Book Brigade on October 06, 2015 The Author Speaks
We all get a distorted cultural message about the nature of the human condition. Pain and illness and aging are natural aspects of life, nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone faces health challenges—and self-compassion is a most necessary medicine.

Are You Spiritual or Religious? Does it Matter?

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Happiness can be a "fool's errand," but gratitude and contentment are worthy and achievable pursuits.

God, Mathematics and Psychology

By Mario D Garrett PhD on September 30, 2015 iAge
This discussion focuses on psychology and the philosophy of mathematics and will contribute nothing to mathematical thought. Its aim is to introduce mathematics as a creation of psychology. Sophisticated, complex and ever evolving, but nevertheless psychology.

A Philosophical Cure for Anxiety

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 30, 2015 Hide and Seek
By facing up to death we can escape from the pettiness and paralysis of anxiety.

Relationship Ambivalence: Should You Stay or Leave?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Laugh, Cry, Live
A whirlwind romance starts out with such promise but has descended into a painful struggle. Should you stay or should you leave? Will it be worth the effort or should you run for cover? Paralyzed with uncertainty, you’re stuck in “relationship ambivalence”. The cure? Get out of your head and tune into your body. Your gut is your “second brain,” whose wisdom points the way.

Do Millennials Grow Up and Settle Down?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Millennials in college want different things from Millennials at work

The Normalization of Aging and How To Make It Matter

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Trouble in Mind
Aging is not a disease, but it can feel like one as the body wears out and the mind slows down. Staying alive too long can command a high price—pain, and an increasing dependence on others. When drastic medical intervention is the only option left to keep someone you care about alive, ask them what this would need to deliver that really matters to them now, at the end.

Love is Lovely, but Hate Gives Love its Teeth

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 25, 2015 Full Living
Hate is a normal part of mature, relevant love. A love that holds the reality of hate is stronger and can withstand the trials of time in a way that new, idealized love could never hold a candle to.

The M Word

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Obesely Speaking
If society consistently and frequently lies about women, eventually we will believe the lie even after we are confronted with the truth.

Looking for a God App

Feeling spiritually disconnected? Put down the iPhone and walk outside.

A Foundational Approach to Economic Anxiety

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 How To Do Life
Capitalism is vulnerable. What will replace it, and how can you be happier?

The Future of Standardized Testing?

In science fiction novel Ender’s Game, the talent and personality of each battle school student is adaptively assessed by the Mind Game, tailored to their interests and individuality. The game was used, in part, to select Ender Wiggin as the young commander who would save the world. What can this teach us about the future of testing?

What I Can Learn from My Students

Taking the time to look--and learn

Three Keys to Effective Conversation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 How To Do Life
For better conversations, follow the Ping-Pong, Traffic Light, and One-Second-Pause Rules.

Should You Chuck Your Career? An Internal Debate

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 19, 2015 How To Do Life
You have a meh career. Time to press reset?

Pristine Pleasures

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 How To Do Life
Instant balms for our complicated lives.

Campaign 2016 - The Leader and Leadership We Need

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 16, 2015 Just Listen
As we look out to the 2016 Presidential Election, I think we are desperately in need of a candidate who is a PAL that exhibits TCR leadership.

In Praise of Ritual

We need rituals because they make plain the ground-rules by which humans operate. But those rules should be seen less as confinements than as opportunities to communicate with others and to declare our distinctive places in the human community.

What is the Measure of a Life?

How do we measure our lives?

Is Civilization Really Worth the Trouble?

By Christopher Ryan on September 14, 2015 Civilized to Death
Are the pyramids miraculous or pathetic?

How Do We Really Feel About Mass Syrian & Other Immigration?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 How To Do Life
An internal debate exploring this psychologically & practically difficult issue.

The World Without Us

Do we care more about the future existence of other people than about our own future existence? In a strange kind of way, maybe we do.

How to Cope with Waiting

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 How To Do Life
It's painful to have to wait for an answer. These suggestions may help.

On Today's Walk

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 How To Do Life
Musings on life, health, reading people, aging, education, and dog training.

In Praise of the One-Second Pause

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 10, 2015 How To Do Life
Much benefit derives from waiting a second after someone speaks.

Campaign 2016 - In Search of Executive Presence

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 09, 2015 Just Listen
What are the qualities of a leader we can believe, believe in and trust?

Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments

Russell: “The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows..."

The Ego Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Ambigamy
Appetite for praise is a lot like appetite for fatty foods. Both are hazardous to your health and both can be curbed with the right effort.

In Praise of Being Judgmental

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 How To Do Life
We're allowed to say that an idea or a person is different but to say it or s/he is better is risky. What a shame!