What exactly does it mean to be "wise?" And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding?
For over two decades, Dr. Dilip Jeste has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What's emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multilayered set of traits.
Across many cultures and centuries, he's found that wise people are compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and "altitudes," and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humor.
"The modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness, and internet addiction is damaging people’s health and destroying the social fabric," Dr. Jeste reflects. But we all have the ability to nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively.
If you seek to be a wiser person—with your family, at work, and in your community—this book will show you how, with the researcher who's launched and advanced this exciting new path to our highest human potential.
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About the Author
Scott LaFee is director of communications and media relations for UC San Diego Health, UC San Diego Health Sciences, and the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He was previously a science writer and editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has been a contributor to New Scientist, People, and Businessweek.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Seeking Wisdom of the Ages at All Ages ix
Part I What Is Wisdom?
Chapter 1 Defining Wisdom 3
Chapter 2 The Neuroscience of Wisdom 17
Chapter 3 Wisdom and Aging 39
Chapter 4 Measuring Wisdom: The Jeste-Thomas Wisdom Index 57
Part II Components of Wisdom
Chapter 5 Cultivating Compassion 77
Chapter 6 Emotional Regulation with Happiness 105
Chapter 7 Balancing Decisiveness with Acceptance of Uncertainty 139
Chapter 8 Self-Reflection, Curiosity, and Humor 165
Chapter 9 Spirituality 189
Part III Enhancing Practical and Societal Wisdom
Chapter 10 Becoming Wiser Faster 211
Chapter 11 Wisdom Boosters: Drugs, Gadgets, and Artificial Wisdom? 247
Chapter 12 The Future of Wisdom: Moving from Individual to Societal Wisdom 259
About the Authors 317