Wisdom Resources

Wisdom Resources

To learn more about the topics presented in the PBS documentary "Choosing Wisdom", please explore the resources below.


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Bianchi EC. Elder Wisdom. Crafting Your Own Elderhood. New York: Crossroad, 1994.

Birren JE, Feldman L. Where to go From Here: Discovering Your Own Life's Wisdom in the Second Half of Your Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Brown WS. Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2000.

Curnow T. Wisdom, Intuition, and Ethics. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999.

Dalai Lama, Cutler HC. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.

Frankl VE. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1959.

Goleman D. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Hall SS. Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. New York: Vintage Books, 2010.

Hanson R, Mendius R. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2009.

Kekes J. Moral Wisdom and Good Lives. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Macdonald C. Toward Wisdom: Finding Our Way to Inner Peace, Love and Happiness. Willowdale, Ontario, Canada: Haunslow, 1993.

Maslow AH. The Farther Reaches of Human Nature. New York: The Viking Press, 1971.

Plews-Ogan M, Owens JE, May N. Choosing Wisdom: Strategies and Inspiration for Growing through Life-Changing Difficulties. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2012.

Sternberg RJ, Jordan J (Eds.) A Handbook of Wisdom. Psychological Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Sternberg RJ. Wisdom: Its Nature, Origins, and Development. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.


Achenbaum WA, Orwoll L. Becoming wise: a psycho-gerontological interpretation of the book of Job. Int J Aging Human Develop 1991; 32(1): 21-39.

Ardelt M. Antecedents and effects of wisdom in old age: a longitudinal perspective on aging well. Res Aging 2000;22:360-394.

Ardelt M. Intellectual versus wisdom-related knowledge: the case for a different kind of learning in the later years of life. Educ Gerontol 2000;26:771-789.

Ardelt M. Empirical assessment of a three-dimensional wisdom scale. Res Aging 2003;25:275-324.

Branch WT, Mitchell GA. Wisdom in medicine. The Pharos Summer 2011;12-17.

Bluck S, Glück J. Making things better and learning a lesson: experiencing wisdom across the lifespan. J Personality 2004;72:543-572.

Clayton VP, Birren JE. The development of wisdom across the life span: a reexamination of an ancient topic. Life-Span Develop Behav 1980; 3:103-135.

Kaldjian LC. Teaching practical wisdom in medicine through clinical judgement, goals of care, and ethical reasoning. J Med Ethics 2010;26:558-562.