We can 'never' be wise all the time

We can

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-04 11:02 Washington DC: It's time to get back to all those who have tricked you into believing that you were not wise enough as it turns out, wisdom may not be as rare as we think. A new study from the University of Waterloo found that we actually demonstrate different levels of wisdom from one situation to the next, and factors such as whether we are alone or with friends can affect it, according to new research. The study defines wise reasoning as a combination of such abilities as intellectual humility, consideration of others' perspective and looking for compromise. Lead author Igor Grossmann said that this research does not dismiss that there is a personality component to wisdom, but that's not the whole picture. Situations in daily life affect our personality and ability to reason wisely. The observation that wise reasoning varies dramatically across situations in daily life suggests that while it fluctuates, wisdom may not be that rare. Further, for different individuals, only certain situations may promote this quality. Grossmann noted that there are many examples where people known for their critical acumen or expertise in ethics seem to fall prey to lack of such acumen or morals. The present findings suggest that those examples are not an anomaly. He added, "We cannot always be at the top of our game in terms of wisdom-related tendencies, and it can be dangerous to generalize based on whether people show wisdom in their personal life or when teaching others in the classroom." By examining conditions and situations under which people may or may not show wisdom in their lives, researchers and practitioners may learn more about situations promoting wisdom in daily life and recreating those situations. The work appears in Social Psychological and Personality Science. (ANI)