Wisdom and Positive Psychosocial Values in Young Adulthood

Abstract

The current project investigates wisdom and positive psychosocial characteristics in young adults in a series of three overlapping studies. Study 1 (N = 61) investigated wisdom and ego-integrity, values, and life attitudes. Results indicated that wisdom was positively correlated with ego-integrity and self/other-enhancing values, as well as a sense of personal coherence; wisdom was negatively correlated with hedonistic values. Study 2 (N = 62) investigated wisdom and attachment anxiety/avoidance and life attitudes. Results replicated the findings for the life attitudes of Coherence and Existential Vacuum demonstrated in study 1 and extended these findings by showing predicted correlations among wisdom and four other life attitudes, as well as demonstrated negative correlations among wisdom and attachment avoidance and attachment anxiety. Study 3 (N = 62) showed that wisdom positively predicted attributional complexity, a variable found to reduce social judgement biases. Implications and future directions are discussed.

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    When data from Webster (2007) and the current study were combined, the correlation between the SAWS and attachment Anxiety was significant, r(231) = −.132, p < .05. This suggests that there is a very small, yet real relationship between these variables.

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Webster, J.D. Wisdom and Positive Psychosocial Values in Young Adulthood. J Adult Dev 17, 70–80 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-009-9081-z

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Keywords

  • Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale
  • Correspondence bias
  • Values
  • Attachment
  • Attitudes