Wisdom Resources

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



  1. Bianchi EC. Elder Wisdom. Crafting Your Own Elderhood. New York: Crossroad, 1994.
  2. 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.
  3. Brown WS. Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2000.
  4. Curnow T. Wisdom, Intuition, and Ethics. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999.
  5. Dalai Lama, Cutler HC. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
  6. Frankl VE. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1959.
  7. Goleman D. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam, 1995.
  8. Hall SS. Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. New York: Vintage Books, 2010.
  9. Hanson R, Mendius R. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2009.
  10. Kekes J. Moral Wisdom and Good Lives. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
  11. Macdonald C. Toward Wisdom: Finding Our Way to Inner Peace, Love and Happiness. Willowdale, Ontario, Canada: Haunslow, 1993.
  12. Maslow AH. The Farther Reaches of Human Nature. New York: The Viking Press, 1971.
  13. Plews-Ogan M, Owens JE, May N. Choosing Wisdom: Strategies and Inspiration for Growing through Life-Changing Difficulties. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2012.
  14. Sternberg RJ, Jordan J (Eds.) A Handbook of Wisdom. Psychological Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  15. Sternberg RJ. Wisdom: Its Nature, Origins, and Development. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.


  1. 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.
  2. Ardelt M. Antecedents and effects of wisdom in old age: a longitudinal perspective on aging well. Res Aging 2000;22:360-394.
  3. 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.
  4. Ardelt M. Empirical assessment of a three-dimensional wisdom scale. Res Aging 2003;25:275-324.
  5. Branch WT, Mitchell GA. Wisdom in medicine. The Pharos Summer 2011;12-17.
  6. Bluck S, Glück J. Making things better and learning a lesson: experiencing wisdom across the lifespan. J Personality 2004;72:543-572.
  7. 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.
  8. Kaldjian LC. Teaching practical wisdom in medicine through clinical judgement, goals of care, and ethical reasoning. J Med Ethics 2010;26:558-562.