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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (1): 107-117.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.00107

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 Older and wiser? The relationship between wisdom and age among adults

 WANG Yuling; WANG Fengyan   

  1.  (Institute of Moral Education Research, Nanjing Normal University; School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
  • Received:2017-03-17 Online:2018-01-15 Published:2017-11-28
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Abstract:  The relationship between wisdom and age is a crucial issue in wisdom psychology. The majority of scholars believe that wisdom is gained during adolescence and early adulthood. However, the relationship between adult’s wisdom and age remains controversial. There are four generalized views: (1) positive theory; (2) decline model; (3) stable model; (4) plateau model. The former two have been less empirically supported than the latter two. Through the review and reflection of these viewpoints, the present article proposes that there are three most urgent tasks in the empirical aspect and six questions in the theoretical aspect. In addition, we offer a wisdom-age relation theory based on individual-situational differences, which may provide us with a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between wisdom and age.

Key words: wisdom, age, adult development, aging, wisdom development

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