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Optimums in Wisdom

Wisdom is not about passing multiple-choice tests or is it equivalent to a high IQ. Wisdom involves knowledge when both the cognitive and the emotional are in complete harmony.  An auto mechanic can be very wise while a college professor can be perfectly stupid.

imageswrite.jpgPsychologists  John Mayer of the University of New Hampshire and Peter Salovey of Yale coined the term emotional intelligence in 1990. In brief, emotional intelligence is the intelligent use of emotions and the use of emotions to make us more intelligent. An emotionally intelligent individual intentionally makes emotions work for them to guide thinking and behavior. Wisdom is emotional intelligence applied to our own lives. 

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Baltes argues persuasively that the artful application of selective optimization and compensation is a form of profound wisdom. Wisdom involves knowledge of the pragmatics of living day to day and involves appropriate adjustment to the changes that come with aging. 

Adjustment to change requires flexibility and rigidity in the face of change is more stupid than wise. Having a positive outlook can be said to be wise while having a negative outlook is not. Having concern for others is a form of wisdom while total self-absorption is not. Living in constant regret about the past is not wise while being willing to move on and let go of the past is reflective of wisdom. Living in constant worry about the future is not wise while converting worries into problem-solving is a form of wisdom. It could be argued that one of the tasks of being older is to develop a philosophy of life and then to share that philosophy with younger people. We should encourage them to do so.

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