Wisdom, age, and well-being

Ardelt, M. (2011). Wisdom, age, and well-being. In K. W. Schaie & S. L. Willis (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (7th ed., pp. 279-291 ). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

After giving an overview of Western, Eastern, and culturally inclusive theories of wisdom, this chapter summarizes the theoretical and empirical research on the association between aging and wisdom and the effect of wisdom on well-being. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies show that wisdom characteristics tend to increase in adolescence and early adulthood. Yet in adulthood, the development of wisdom appears to be facilitated by favorable social conditions and a strong motivation for psychosocial growth. Empirical research also indicates that wisdom is positively related to subjective and psychological well-being in the later years of life, particularly in less privileged populations. Future research should explore in greater detail how wisdom develops over the life course and what possible roles schools, universities, and religious/spiritual institutions might play in the cultivation of wisdom. Future studies should also investigate the impact wise elders have on society and the well-being of present and future generations.



(My publication)Posted:Dec 31 2010, 11:00 PM by ardelt
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