Boosting wisdom: distance from the self enhances wise reasoning, attitudes, and behavior.

@article{Kross2012BoostingWD,
  title={Boosting wisdom: distance from the self enhances wise reasoning, attitudes, and behavior.},
  author={Ethan Kross and Igor Grossmann},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={2012},
  volume={141 1},
  pages={
          43-8
        }
}
Although humans strive to be wise, they often fail to do so when reasoning over issues that have profound personal implications. Here we examine whether psychological distance enhances wise reasoning, attitudes and behavior under such circumstances. Two experiments demonstrate that cueing people to reason about personally meaningful issues (Study 1: Career prospects for the unemployed during an economic recession; Study 2: Anticipated societal changes associated with one's chosen candidate… CONTINUE READING
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