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Older and Wiser? Integrating Results on the Relationship between Age and Wisdom-related Performance

Older and Wiser? Integrating Results on the Relationship between Age and Wisdom-related Performance Evidence from a psychological approach to the study of wisdom is reviewed with regardto the relationship between age and wisdom. Between 20 and 75 years, age has beendemonstrated to show a zero relation with wisdom-related knowledge and judgement. Acomplex pattern of person characteristics and experiential features have to coalescein order for wisdom to emerge. However, it is not only growing experience that (onaverage) comes with age but also decreases in basic intellectual functioning andchanges in the personality make-up that seem to undermine rather than facilitate thedevelopment of wisdom-related knowledge and judgement. However, there is also someevidence indicating that under certain supportive conditions it may indeed be olderpeople who hold the greatest potential for wisdom. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Behavioral Development SAGE

Older and Wiser? Integrating Results on the Relationship between Age and Wisdom-related Performance

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SAGE
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ISSN
0165-0254
eISSN
1464-0651
DOI
10.1080/016502599383739
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Abstract

Evidence from a psychological approach to the study of wisdom is reviewed with regardto the relationship between age and wisdom. Between 20 and 75 years, age has beendemonstrated to show a zero relation with wisdom-related knowledge and judgement. Acomplex pattern of person characteristics and experiential features have to coalescein order for wisdom to emerge. However, it is not only growing experience that (onaverage) comes with age but also decreases in basic intellectual functioning andchanges in the personality make-up that seem to undermine rather than facilitate thedevelopment of wisdom-related knowledge and judgement. However, there is also someevidence indicating that under certain supportive conditions it may indeed be olderpeople who hold the greatest potential for wisdom.

Journal

International Journal of Behavioral DevelopmentSAGE

Published: Sep 1, 1999

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