What Is wisdom? Take this wisdom test and find out how wise you are!

A recent article by Phyllis Korkki of The New York Times illuminates a topic that has preoccupied scientists, philosophers, and people in general for centuries: What is wisdom, and how does it relate to aging?

As one of the four cardinal virtues first introduced by Plato in the 3rd century B.C., wisdom remains a fascinating concept.

Korkki writes, “Most psychologists agree that if you define wisdom as maintaining positive well-being and kindness in the face of challenges, it is one of the most important qualities one can possess to age successfully…”

The following is a summary of Korkki’s article, which introduces the leading figures in wisdom research today:

Vivian Clayton thinks that wisdom comprises cognition, reflection, and compassion.

Elkhonon Goldberg, a neuroscientist in New York and author of The Wisdom Paradox, says that “‘cognitive templates’ develop in the older brain based on pattern recognition, and that these can form the basis for wise behavior and decisions,” according to Korkki.

Monica Ardelt designed 39 questions to measure “three degrees of wisdom,” as Korkki puts it. Take the test and find out if you make the grade on Ardelt’s Wisdom Scorecard. Click here to get started!

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