Wisdom is a trait people often associate with experience. Some people become wise as they age due to the life experience they have gained. Others live through unique or difficult events that make them wise in a way they were not before. If this happens at a young age, it may cause someone to seem “wise beyond their years.”
Therapists are often expected to be wise. Indeed, wisdom may help therapists know how to navigate a number of situations in therapy. Whether you rely on the wisdom of a support network, seek to grow your own wisdom, or both, we hope these quotes give you something new to consider.
Wisdom has been linked to improved mental health. Some experts believe this is because wisdom can increase the likelihood a person will participate in activities that are meaningful to them. This meaning-building can, in turn, strengthen mental health. Wisdom can also lead to feelings of peace and may help people feel more confident about their decisions.
There are many methods of increasing wisdom. Some people attend yoga sessions or practice meditation. These habits can help people learn to declutter their minds and gain a greater capacity for focus. This may make it easier to cultivate wisdom. Others suggest that pushing personal boundaries is a helpful way to increase wisdom. By breaking out of your comfort zone, you may gain new experience and learn more about yourself. Both of these things can lead to wisdom.
Self-awareness is often considered a cornerstone of wisdom. Talking regularly with a therapist may reveal new insights about the inner self. A therapist can teach people to challenge beliefs they hold about themselves and the world. Therapy may reveal new perspectives that can increase wisdom by allowing someone to see an issue from another point of view. Working through life challenges with the support of a therapist is one way to approach difficult situations with some extra wisdom and consideration. Seeking help does not mean you are not making an effort on your own. It can mean you are drawing from the wisdom of others who can encourage you to face challenges in healthy ways.
Webster, J. D., Westerhof, G. J., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2014). Wisdom and mental health across the lifespan. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 2(69), 209-218. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs121
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