Reflecting on Wisdom Essay by SBurtis

Reflecting on Wisdom
A discussion on the attributes of the wise that provides a specific example of how a person exhibits these qualities.
# 154089 | 926 words | 1 source | 2014 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2014 in Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (General)


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"In assessing who I consider wise, I came to two conclusions. First, I do not wish to discuss yet another celebrity or well-known person. While their words and examples can help to formulate our views and pathways, our exposure to wisdom comes more from life's many experiences and lessons, as well as knowledge gained from listening to people we know personally. Secondly, I found it very difficult to pin down one person I consider wise. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I consider myself wiser than most of my family and friends. Many of them, despite their ages, are still learning one lesson after another and repeating the same mistakes, not having achieved much wisdom at this point. I, on the other hand, have lead a very difficult life in which I have learned much and have even been accused of being "wise beyond my age." That does not mean I think I have nothing more to learn. In fact, I believe learning is a lifelong endeavor, and each new day brings new lessons, personal growth, and new wisdom. Nevertheless, there is one person in my life whose wisdom and personal growth have impressed me and have had the most positive impact on my life: my fiance, Robert.
While I feel that Robert's wisdom and viewpoints mirror my own, it is nice to have his wisdom available because it serves as a foundation, a reminder, support and encouragement for me. I have the utmost respect and trust for his judgment, and it makes me feel safer and more secure than ever before in my life. I do not see Robert as the wisest person alive. I do not hold to the illusion that he does not have much to learn himself. However, He is an observant person who has faced many difficulties in life, and he has learned much through his experiences and mistakes. He possesses a bit of each attribute of the wise: factual and procedural knowledge, lifetime contextualism, relativism of values, and awareness and management of uncertainty. I am often impressed by his ability to adapt in any situation, apply his knowledge, and choose his battles wisely."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Baumgardner, S. R., & Crothers, M. K. (2009). Positive Psychology. pp. 216. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.

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