Self-development through selflessness: The paradoxical process of growing wiser (Ardelt, 2008)

Monica Ardelt, one of the leading lights in Wisdom research and the pioneer of the 3-dimensional wisdom scale theory, here discusses the complex nature of ‘becoming wiser’. Her study shows that through reflection, self-examination and a willingness to learn from experiences, individuals can quiet the ego and move towards self-transcendence. This manifests itself in a concern for the well-being of all and an altruistic, all-encompassing love, central to wisdom.

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