"Wiser is a brilliant contribution to the emerging science of wisdom – how we define it, research it, and how we can intentionally cultivate it in ourselves and our society. A timely and hope-giving book as our world faces challenges that require the deepening of our wisdom as a species." (Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Compassion)
"Wiser is the readable summation and thoughtful culmination of the thought and work by Dr. Jeste on wisdom over many years. No medical scientist, to my knowledge, has been willing to tackle the expansive complexities of practical wisdom, what some may label as 'wisdom that matters', as thoroughly as the author." (Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, author of The Age of Melancholy)
"This is a deeply engaging book that explains clearly the science of wisdom and provides practical suggestions for wiser reasoning grounded in solid research." (Howard C. Nusbaum, PhD, founding director, Center for Practical Wisdom)
What exactly does it mean to be 'wise'? And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding?
For over two decades, Dr Dilip Jeste has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What's emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multilayered set of traits. Across many cultures and centuries, he's found that wise people are compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and 'altitudes' and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humour.
'The modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness and internet addiction is damaging people’s health and destroying the social fabric,' Dr Jeste reflects. But we all have the ability to nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively.
If you seek to be a wiser person - with your family, at work and in your community - this audiobook will show you how, with the researcher who's launched and advanced this exciting new path to our highest human potential.