Can YOU pass the 'wisdom test'? Take this quiz devised by psychiatrists to find out

Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is believed to have said the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

But a group of psychiatrists disagrees.

They have created a quiz that measures how wise people are based on their answers to questions that test six different qualities.

These qualities include giving good advice, pragmatism, self-understanding, tolerance of diversity and the ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty.

The test, was created by researchers.

It aims to reveal your level of wisdom by looking at both neurobiological and psycho-social factors based on the six different qualities.

Each of these qualities is linked to a particular region of the brain.

According to Dilip Jeste, a neuroscientist, this raises the possibility that it may be possible to enhance wisdom levels in people with a deficiency.

To take the test, read each of the statements, and on scale of one to five, with five being 'I strongly agree', rate how much you agree with them.

Statements include, 'I enjoy being exposed to diverse viewpoints' and 'I have a difficult time keeping friendships.'

To tests its effectiveness, researchers asked 524 middle-aged people to take the quiz.

The researchers found that SD-Wise successfully measured five of the six targeted domains, and made effective distinctions between individuals' differing degrees of wisdom.

Those who got higher scores on the questionnaire also did better on two wisdom scales.

These measured resilience, happiness and satisfaction with their lives.

Dr Jeste said: 'There is evidence to suggest that the level of wisdom is dictated to a large degree by neurobiology,

'Distinct regions and systems in the brain govern the identified components of wisdom.

'There are measures now that assess a person's level of wisdom, but they do not incorporate these emerging neurobiological models of the trait according to Daily mail.

'SD-Wise reflects the latest thinking.

'We believe it may be a useful tool in clinical practice, in addition to its value in bio-psycho-social research, especially investigations into the neurobiology of wisdom and possible interventions to enhance it.'

 

N.H.Kh

 

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