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A three-dimensional model of the wise personality: A free classification approach

Haiqing Li (Nanjing Normal University and Qufu Normal University), Fengyan Wang (Nanjing Normal University)
Cite this article:  Li, H., & Wang, F. (2017). A three-dimensional model of the wise personality: A free classification approach. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45, 1879-1888.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6691
Publication date: December 2017

Abstract


We explored the psychological construction of the wise personality with 45 participants, who took part in a free classification task involving 80 common Chinese words related to wise personality. After we had applied hierarchical cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, and social network analysis, the results revealed 3 factors, namely, virtue, competence, and achievement, of the wise personality. In comparison with virtue, competence and achievement were more likely to be classified into 1 category. Our findings contribute to the establishment of the structure of the wise personality, and will form the basis of future wisdom studies on a practical level.

 


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