A scale to measure wisdom

Leonard A. Jason, Jena L. Helgerson, Susan Torres-Harding, Michael Fries, Adam Carrico, Rhadika Chimata

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Abstract

The present study's purpose was to refine and test a newly developed self‐report instrument to assess wisdom. The empirical study was based on a sample of undergraduates recruited at two universities and Buddhists recruited at two temples. This sample filled out 23 items of the wisdom scale and, in addition, several other psychological self‐report scales. Items from the wisdom scale were factor analyzed and the following seven factors emerged: Balance/Harmony, Flow, Spirituality, Warmth, Care for Environment, Appreciation, and Intelligence. These dimensions were statistically significantly related to various outcome measures such as depression, perceived stress, and optimism scales. Statistically significant differences were found between various religious and socio‐demographic groups on the different factor scores. This study suggests that wisdom is a multidimensional and complex construct worthy of scientific investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-305
Number of pages22
JournalHumanistic Psychologist
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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