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The four pillars of wisdom

28 February 2018

From the beginning of recorded time, humanity has been fascinated by the figure of the wise person, wending their path through the tribulations of life, and informing those willing to learn.

What sets them apart? Maybe that’s the wrong question.

In a new review in European Psychologist, Igor Grossman of the University of Waterloo argues that understanding wisdom involves taking the wise off their pedestal, and seeing wisdom as a set of processes that we can all tap into, with the right attitude, and in the right context.

Wisdom might seem to be a difficult concept for psychologists to study, but Grossman says there is some agreement now that it comprises:

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