Where does Wisdom come from?

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Where does Wisdom come from?
Vinay, India
Why are some wiser? We see educated people but unwise. We see less literate people but wise. Is it one's thoughts which make someone wise/unwise? Or is it something else? Where does the wisdom come from? Is it from his thoughts OR education OR intelligence?

Niresh, Sri Lanka
Wisdom comes from experience - ie. making mistakes and is part of the learning process.
Smart people sometimes get into the habit of thinking they know everything and hence the ability to learn is limited.
People who think a lot about things that happen to them and learn how to analyse and learn from them develop this wisdom.
I also feel that age has something to do with it. Dr. Scott Peck described the levels of psychological maturity. Some people remain at the same level and don't progress.

Emotional Intelligence / Origin of Wisdom Comment
Chris Tadda, USA
I have long suspected that what we perceive as a wise person is really someone who can flex their style to match another person's (the receiver), then convey their life lessons in the receiver's own interpersonal language.
I first started thinking about wisdom like that when studying Myers-Briggs Type Indicator types. In one sense of the word, those types are interpersonal languages that people speak. Those who can flex between languages and adapt seem wise to us because we see them doing the same with others who are not our type and with whom we may struggle communicating with. Perhaps that is what appears as wisdom.

Wisdom Comes with Experience
Anupam Swarup, OD Consultant, United Arab Emirates
Wisdom is the application of IQ and EI in real life. It gets better with experience.

Sources of Wisdom
Dattatreya, HR Consultant, India
Wisdom has two sources:
1. Prefrontal Cortex where thinking and feeling related information merge
2. Basal Ganglia --- and Subcortical areas - which generate intuitions.

Priorities, Values and Principles
Monteiro, Consultant, Portugal
Wisdom is a very subjective skill... It varies from person to person and is also a matter of perception. Communication is the mean to perceive one's wisdom, or lack of it.
We all construct our personality on priorities, values and principles. Some are thought, some are self-learned, others are imposed by society in general.
The way you have those factors well structured in your mind, makes you more effective in communicating with others. Almost everyone thinks of himself as wise.
Most of us are not perceived that way by others.
Once again, self-awareness and auto-critics is essential to become wise. That's the only way that years and experience will make you wiser.
Then it's all about communication.


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