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  1. Ursula M. Staudinger

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1040

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staudinger, U. M. 2010. Wisdom. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Jacobs University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Since the beginnings of human culture, wisdom has been viewed as the ideal end point of human development (Baltes & Staudinger, 2000). Historically, wisdom was conceptualized in terms of a state of idealized being, as a process of perfect knowing and judgment as in King Solomon's judgments, or as an oral or written product such as wisdom-related proverbs. Wisdom is considered an ideal that is difficult to be fully represented in the isolated individual.