All About Wisdom

Wisdom is one of those qualities difficult to define—because it encompasses so much—but which people generally recognize when they encounter it. And it is encountered most obviously in the realm of decision-making. Psychologists tend to agree that wisdom 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. It can be acquired only through experience, but by itself, experience does not automatically confer wisdom. Only now are researchers beginning to look into the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that transmute experience into wisdom.

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.

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The Psychology of Home

By Diana Raab PhD on June 27, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are like most Americans and have moved an average of eleven times, have you wondered where your home is? When you get down to it, home is where your heart is.

Everything in the Animal Kingdom Is in a State of Being

In contemporary world culture the philosophical concern of the mystery of both animal being and human being seems to have little credence.

Driving Me Wild

I'd like to remain detached when cheaters cut in and just let aggressive drivers have their way. Instead, I go wild. I get agitated and yell expletives.

Journey or Destination: What's Your Pleasure?

"Going" there is just as important as "getting" there.

Now What? How to Talk with Your Millennial Kids about Love

Young adults want their parents to talk with them about the complexities of romantic relationships. The "Marriage 101" professor shares some questions to help you get started.

Learning Stuff While Missing the Point

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Memory Medic
The best way to remember factoids is the thinking required to understand them.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

Why Is There So Much Violence Today?

How can we get beyond this wave of violence? A new perspective can make all the difference.

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.

Getting Straight About Love and Hate

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
We say we have love, not hate, in our hearts. It's not that simple.

Ten Essential Success Hacks That You Won’t Learn in School

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Motivate!
Achieving personal success and financial freedom requires more than knowing facts. Win at life when you master these essential lessons.

When Coaching, Not Talent, Wins

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Executive Ego
The Warriors' win holds lessons for every executive, basketball fan or not.

What Would Gandhi Do About Trump?

The science of wisdom can help us deal with turbulent political times!

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

Why Do Man Buns Inspire Instant Vitriol?

By Gregg McBride on June 10, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
With the advent of social media, we’ve all become a little more “brave” in regard to sharing our opinions. The parallels to other life disagreements have not been lost on me.

The Three Hounds of Hell

Three forces deplete our well-being and that of our communities and countries.

How to Protect Yourself Against Pop Inspirational “wisdom"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
Nothing stunts our learning of practical wisdom like embracing half-wit wisdom masquerading as whole, universal wisdom.

Breaking News—Is it Fake or Real?

These tips will help you avoid ‘myside bias,’ recognize types of fake news.

The Fatal Flaw in Dating Advice

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on June 06, 2017 in Finding Love
Most dating advice promises lasting love, but erodes our chance of ever finding it. The secret to success isn't about your attractiveness. It's about your attractions.

Couples Who Fight as a "Way of Life"

By Susan Rako M.D. on June 03, 2017 in More Light
"Some couples get a lot of love out of fighting like hell for years." -- Elvin Semrad

An Ordinary Life

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Sage Advice In Unwise Times

By Mark Matousek on May 30, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
The wise American spiritual master talks about how to live skillfully, and happily, in a world where the "other" is denigrated, and causes for upset and rage abound.

Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the greatest values of a dream journal is the way it grows in power and depth over time.
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We All Talk To Ourselves

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in In Control
Be prepared to be surprised and delighted at what your mind will accomplish for you if you let it do all that it is designed to do.

Hassles Are Part of Being Human, Even for Our Ancestors

Being human, with all its messiness, is worth the hassle
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Are You Grounded? Centered? Or Both?

Have you felt less grounded and centered lately? While these different, some of the self-help tools to ground you and bring you back to center are similar. Read more for tips.

The Retirement Party

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short short story.

The Wisdom of "It's Not My Fault"

When we are not caught in self-blame, we are free to love this life. Opening to the possibility of "It’s not my fault" creates space for deep inner freedom.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.