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  • Older Really Can Mean Wiser

    By BENEDICT CAREY, The New York Times March 16, 2015 Behind all those canned compliments for older adults — spry! wily! wise! — is an appreciation for something that scientists have had a hard time characterizing: mental faculties that improve with age. Knowledge is a large part of the equation, of course...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Don't Underestimate the Wisdom, Judgment of Your Elders

    By Philip Chard, Journal Sentinel Age and wisdom actually do go together ... usually. Despite research supporting this assertion, most of us believe otherwise. The myth of the doddering old fogey is a pervasive, if often subconscious, bias, one that diminishes a valuable resource in our midst. Studies...
     Posted by: brendah
  • 80-Year-Old Mountain Climber Shares His Wisdom On Aging (video)

    This guy is remarkable. Sir Chris Bonington is one of the most renowned mountain climbers in British history, and he's still climbing. He shares his wisdom on aging here, after climbing a cliff he first conquered in 1967. I think I know who I want to be when I grow up. Link to video: Sir Chris Bonington...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Improving with Age: Regions of the Brain Strengthen Over Time

    By Leah Burrows, Brandeis Now Professor Angela Gutchess discusses new research into the aging brain For years, research into the aging brain has examined what is usually lost — hearing, vision, memory. Age is synonymous with decline. But current research is refuting that discouraging perspective. New...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Michael Brannigan: Wisdom does come with age

    By Michael Brannigan, timesunion.com Reminders of our finitude always lurk close by, like Ezekiel Emanuel's article in last month's Atlantic, "Why I Hope to Die at 75." The head of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health gives reasons for not living beyond...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Wisdom Isn't What You Think It Is, and It Doesn't Always Come with Age

    Gregory Beyer, Huff Post Wisdom is high on the list of personal qualities we prize. Yet even though most of us recognize that being wise is entirely different from other markers of success -- such as being rich or famous or even a genius -- wisdom is a difficult quality to define. Do we truly understand...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Wisdom of aging well, according to Epicurus

    Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review About 2,300 years ago, a Greek philosopher named Epicurus pondered the difficulties and rewards of old age. He came to this conclusion: “It is not the young man who should be considered fortunate, but the old man who has lived well, because the young man in his prime...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Austrian Researchers Ask: Is It Wise to Be Grateful?

    January 11, 2014 By C.E. HUGGINS, Reuters At all ages, wisdom and a sense of gratitude appear to go hand in hand, especially for women, according to a recent study. Among the participants, people who were considered wise by others also spontaneously expressed feelings of gratitude more frequently than...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Wisdom Really Does Come with Age: Older people's knowledge and experience means they make better decisions

    By Emma Innes, Mail Online Excerpt: Although older people's brains slow down, experience and knowledge more than make up for it - helping them make better financial decisions, a study shows. It is the first time two types of intelligence - fluid and crystallised - have been tested among different...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Does Wisdom Really Come with Age? It Depends on the Culture

    Press Release, Association for Psychological Science “Wisdom comes with winters,” Oscar Wilde once said. And it’s certainly comforting to think that aging benefits the mind, if not the body. But do we really get wiser as time passes? There are many ways to define what exactly wisdom is, but previous...
     Posted by: brendah
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Personal Transformation: Posttraumatic Growth and Gerotranscendence (2013)

    Abstract: This article connects two rich but distinct literatures on personal transformation and well-being that can benefit from cross-fertilization. It explores the intersection of posttraumatic growth (PTG), a model of positive changes following traumatic events, and gerotranscendence, a theory of...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine and Maintaining Homeostasis (2013)

    The most accepted homeostasis definition is the body’s ability to maintain a stable state of healthy function. Homeostasis is how your body maintains a steady temperature pattern, a stable flow of blood through the body, which provides optimal nourishment and oxygen to the cells while effectively whisking...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Rediscovering Internal Strengths of the Aged: The Beneficial Impact of Wisdom, Mastery, Purpose in Life, and Spirituality on Aging Well (2013)

    Abstract: What explains aging and dying well? Previous research primarily examined the effects of objective life conditions (e.g., physical health, finances, socioeconomic status, age, social relationships) on older adults’ subjective well-being, whereas their internal strengths have often been ignored...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • The Language of Human Character (2013)

    Book Description: Hardcover release date 22 April 2013. It is virtuous to be wise and wise to be virtuous. The Language of Human Character is a reference book, textbook and workbook in one. It contains "The Human Character Dictionary," a definitive record of the language of human character...
    (My publication) Posted by: HPLCCEO
  • Aging, irony, and wisdom: On the narrative psychology of later life (2013)

    Abstract: This paper introduces the idea that aging inclines us naturally toward an ironic stance on life. The conscious cultivation of that stance through some form of narrative reflection is linked to the development of wisdom, where wisdom is understood in terms of deepened knowledge of the “stories...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Processing Criticism And Spontaneity (2013)

    If Social Constructionism does not prefer monistic Postmodernism over dualistic Modernism, it should include, next to living expressions and spontaneous gestures, criticism into its process model, occurring as independent confirmation and implying coordinated reflection between the knowing organism and...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron C. de Weijze
  • The Language of Human Virtue (2012)

    Book Description: Hardcover release date: 20 December 2012. It is virtuous to be wise and wise to be virtuous. The Language of Human Virtue is a reference book, textbook and workbook in one. It contains "The Building Virtue Dictionary," a definitive record of the language of human virtue with...
    (My publication) Posted by: HPLCCEO
  • To Be Virtuous, Second Edition (2012)

    Book Description: Hardcover release date 12 December 2012. It is virtuous to be wise and wise to be virtuous. To Be Virtuous, Second Edition is a reference book, textbook and workbook in one. It contains "The Human Virtues Dictionary," a definitive record of 4,900 definitions representing the...
    (My publication) Posted by: HPLCCEO
  • Aging and Wisdom: Culture Matters (2012)

    Abstract: People from different cultures vary in the ways they approach social conflicts, with Japanese being more motivated to maintain interpersonal harmony and avoid conflicts than Americans are. Such cultural differences have developmental consequences for reasoning about social conflict. In the...
    (My publication) Posted by: Igor Grossmann
  • Successful aging: Choosing wisdom over despair (2011)

    By Joanne C. Giblin Abstract: This article defines wisdom and despair as choices for cognitively intact older adults. Some individuals are able to integrate the conditions of old age while others respond in ways that inhibit effective integration. The conscious aging theory, as well as Erikson's...
    (My publication) Posted by: Anna Gomberg
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