Is a Wise Woman Wiser Than a Wise Man?september 28 zodiac

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Is a Wise Woman Wiser Than a Wise Man?【september 28 zodiac】:Key points Wisdom is related

Is a Wise Woman Wiser Than a Wise Man?september 28 zodiac

Is a Wise Woman Wiser Than a Wise Man?september 28 zodiacKey points Wisdom is related to better mental health and perhaps greater longevity. Researchers report greater self-reflection in women and greater emotion regulation in men. Women and men are treated differently from infancy, which impacts their beliefs about wisdom. Source: Josh Hild / Unsplash

A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology charts why men and women exhibit different levels and types of wisdom.

“Wisdom has been shown to be related to better mental health and perhaps greater longevity,” according to the research authors, led by Emily Treichler and Dilip Jeste of the University of California San Diego. “Wise people tend to experience higher well-being, more life satisfaction, more optimism, and are better able to handle losses and other situations of adversity.”

According to the authors, wisdom can be broken down into the following components:

Empathy and compassion (understanding and helping others)Control over one’s own emotionsSelf-reflection (understanding and trying to improve one’s own behavior)Accepting uncertaintyAccepting diversity of perspectivesDecisivenessAdvising others who seek guidanceAnd, spirituality (a feeling of constant connectedness to an entity that is not seen or heard)

To investigate how men and women differ on the components of wisdom, the researchers recruited more than 650 people and asked them to complete two common measures of wisdom: the San Diego Wisdom Scale and the 3-Dimensional Wisdom Scale.

“We expected that women would score higher on compassion and other pro-social components of wisdom, as other studies have found,” note the authors. “Similarly, we also predicted that men would score higher on decisiveness, as some other studies have reported. We did find those differences we hypothesized.”

However, there were a few surprises. For one, the researchers reported greater self-reflection in women and greater emotion regulation in men.

“We might think of wisdom overall as androgynous (not belonging to a specific gender group), but that women and men have some differences on the subdomains of wisdom,” state the authors.

The authors suggest that socio-cultural factors may contribute to the observed gender differences in wisdom. For example, in most if not all societies, women and men are treated differently from infancy, which impacts what they believe wisdom is and how they describe a “wise woman” versus a “wise man.” This may influence the development of wisdom in both genders, intentionally and unintentionally.

Additionally, biological factors may also contribute to gender differences in wisdom—for example, hormone differences may explain why women score higher on the compassionate dimension of wisdom.

To enhance one’s own wisdom, the authors offer the following advice:

Seek to understand the perspectives of others with different backgrounds and different viewpoints from your ownDevelop compassion by helping others in your community and participating in causes that serve a larger goodPractice effective decision-making by slowing that process down and considering all evidence

The authors expect research on wisdom to branch out in several directions, including understanding more about the longitudinal trajectory of wisdom and its development over the lifespan, understanding wisdom from a non-binary gender lens, and identifying and implementing wisdom interventions to improve well-being for a range of groups.

“Overall, we hope that wisdom research is used to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds,” conclude the authors.

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References

Treichler, E. & Jeste, D. (Interview). How does gender influence wisdom? Therapytips.org, February 25, 2022.

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