EBW Wisdom Profile Series: Judith Gluck

by Charles Cassidy, Evidence-based Wisdom

On Wisdom, Curiosity and Gratitude Judith Glück is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria. Her research interests include the development of wisdom, new approaches for measuring wisdom, situational aspects of wisdom, and lay theories of wisdom. Click here to read a key paper in which she assesses the validity of wisdom scales currently used by the research community. Click here to watch Glück’s talk at the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research forum on the MORE life experience model of wisdom.

In this conversation with evidencebasedwisdom, she talked about the role of curiosity in developing wisdom as well as the unexpected relationship between wisdom and gratitude. She also outlined her MORE life experience model of wisdom, indicating the key resources necessary to meet and learn from life’s inevitable challenges.

Click here to read the interview!

Question index:

How did you first become interested in the scientific study of wisdom?

You have mentioned in your work that not everybody wants to acquire the kind of knowledge associated with wisdom. What do you think might distinguish people who are interested in such knowledge from people who actively avoid such wisdom-related knowledge?

I understand from your research that life challenges act as essential catalysts for the development of wisdom. However, your ‘MORE Life Experience model’ suggests certain key resources are necessary to deal with and learn from these challenges and hence develop this wisdom. Can you tell us a little more about these resources?

Your research suggests that wise people seem to exhibit considerable levels of gratitude, particularly for life experiences (even negative experiences) and close relationships. Can you tell us more about the role of gratitude in wisdom?

In your talk ‘Measuring Wisdom: Old & New Thoughts’, you highlighted a number of challenges associated with measuring wisdom. What do you think is the most important aspect of wisdom measurement to address and how might this be done?

In your work you talk about context influencing our ability to behave wisely and you indicate some ways in which our wisdom can be blocked by our environment. With this in mind, what kind of contexts or situations are most suited for nurturing wise reasoning, and do you think we can build those into our environments, communities and institutions?

Which single practical change do you think would lead to the greatest increase in the levels of wisdom or wise reasoning in society?

After being neglected for so long by the scientific community, why do you think that wisdom has recently started to receive more attention?

You have mentioned the importance of observing wise behaviours directly and also spoke about potential of ethnographic studies – living with and observing wise people in their daily lives. What do you think is the most pressing priority or most fruitful line of inquiry for the wisdom research community over the next few years? What are you currently working on?

Read the article: Cassidy, C. (2018, April 22). Wisdom profile series: Judith Gluck. Evidence-based Wisdom. Retrieved from https://evidencebasedwisdom.com/wisdom-profiles-judith-gluck/

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