It’s long been thought that wisdom comes with age.
But scientists now claim that having more life experience doesn’t necessarily make you more knowledgeable about life.
In particular, old age doesn’t seem to help people get an intuitive knack for grasping how others think and behave, researchers claim.
In a new study, the elderly performed no better than the young in a test of how well they understood human characteristics.
The researchers at Yale University have now created their own interactive test that allows you to find out how much wisdom you have.
Yale psychologists used more than 1,000 volunteers to look at how different factors affected how the average person thinks, feels, and acts in various social contexts.
As part of the study, the team of scientists found that older people did no better than younger people at understanding the nuances of human behaviour.
Anton Gollwitzer, a graduate student at Yale University said: ‘The lack of a relationship does suggest that the number of experiences one has had in the world does not seem to heighten one’s ability to infer how most people think and behave in social contexts.’
If the oldest people are not the wisest, the researchers set out to determine which group of people are the best natural psychologists.
The researchers developed a forty question test to assess a persons skill at reading between the lines and understanding the dynamics of a social situation.
It can be taken here or online via the Yale website for people to see how intuitive and wise they are.
The authors then analysed the highest scoring participants in more detail to see what they had in common.
By doing this, the researchers unearthed the characteristics of the type of people who are best at understanding others.
SOURCE: JOE PINKSTONE