Age Does Not Equal Wisdom, Experience Does Not Equal Knowledge

Age Does Not Equal Wisdom, Experience Does Not Equal Knowledge

Rebuttal To Psychological Development Theory

Working as a coach in the fitness and health industry, one of the most common beliefs that I hear is “I have been working out for X amount of years, I know what I am doing”. This could not be further from the truth. Your experience, not just from the perspective of working out, but from a universal perspective, it is not guaranteed to provide you any knowledge or advantage whatsoever. Let me explain why.

Below is an excerpt from my NLP Master Practitioner training course from a module titled “Psychological Levels Of Development” that will dis-spell the myths of:

  1. Experience = Knowledge, Skills, Awareness
  2. Age = Wisdom

Teachers’ response to my original answer for the module exercise:

” You have quite a comprehensive response to the essay and seem to have invested enormous energy in psychological development. According to the manual “It is easy to understand that a small child of five years of age does not possess the same knowledge, skills, and awareness that a mature adult of 50 has. Between five and 50 years of learning and experience for which there is no substitute. To achieve a similar degree of development as a mature adult, there seems to be no choice but for the child to got through a similar number of years, adding to his experience and awareness along the way.” In other words, a person’s chronological age must be equal to or greater than his or her psychological age. My question is this – would you agree with that statement or not so much?

My response to her question:

” In response to whether I agree with the logic behind the levels of psychological development not being able to exceed your chronological, I do not agree. It appears that presuppositions have been made to point to the fact that psychological development is absolute and not relative. The 2 main flaws I extracted out of that theory, among many, are:
 

1) I believe it is possible for one to gain 20 yrs of psychological development in say, 10 yrs. This can happen by actively seeking new experiences and avoiding complacency. If you compare that to one who does not actively seek new experiences and remains complacent, it is possible to see how there can be a huge gap in experience over time. The person who comes home from the same job they have had for years, and sits on the couch for 5 hours to watch t.v will gain very little new experiences compared to the person who is acting out in the world learning through various methods and growing as a person and professional.

2) The major presupposition that I feel was largely overlooked is that everyone has actually treated their experiences as an opportunity to learn. Meaning, they have created an awareness of their past experiences, created an objective awareness, and actively sought out to learn and apply their learning’s, which in turn will create even more new experiences to learn from. In my opinion, wisdom is only gained from experience if you actually learn from it and apply what you have learned, otherwise you have not grown. I hope that what I have in my mind and what I articulated here come across the same. Thanks for the question, it made me think outside the box a little. “

Whether you agree with me or not on my rebuttal against the psychological development theory, I am sure we can both agree on one thing, and that is learning from your experiences will teach you more than not learning from them.

Are You Learning From Your Experiences?

Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.

Take care,

Rob Kish

Day 273

Day 273

Welcome to another update from my 365 meditation journey, a commitment to meditate 365 days straight. Here is today’s breakdown:

Morning

Minutes of Time Meditation

Meditation: MIDL 15 Minutes of Mindfulness 07/20: Expanding The Whole Breath

Teacher: Stephen Proctor

 

Notes:

  • 1st thing, inside, Seiza (kneeling) posture

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: Yoga For Runners (Post-Run)

Teacher: Daily Yoga App

 

Notes:

TOTAL

Minutes of Meditation

Day 272

Day 272

Welcome to another update from my 365 meditation journey, a commitment to meditate 365 days straight. Here is today’s breakdown:

Morning

Minutes of Time Meditation

Meditation: MIDL 15 Minutes of Mindfulness 06/20: Developing The Whole Breath

Teacher: Stephen Proctor

 

Notes:

  • 1st thing, inside, Seiza (kneeling) posture

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: YogaWarm-Up Essentials

Teacher: Daily Yoga App

 

Notes:

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: Yoga For Flexibility

Teacher: GoodLife Fitness Virtual

 

Notes:

  • 1 of my clients joined me
  • 1 time trying this routine. We both found it quite challenging as it really challenged our leg endurance and especially our balance. Definitely will do again as mastering this routine is something to work toward.

TOTAL

Minutes of Meditation

Day 271

Day 271

Welcome to another update from my 365 meditation journey, a commitment to meditate 365 days straight. Here is today’s breakdown:

Morning

Minutes of Time Meditation

Meditation: MIDL 15 Minutes of Mindfulness 05/20: Experiencing The Whole Breath

Teacher: Stephen Proctor

 

Notes:

  • 1st thing, inside, Seiza (kneeling) posture

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: Yoga Warm-Up Essentials (Post-Run)

Teacher: Daily Yoga App

 

Notes:

TOTAL

Minutes of Meditation

Day 270

Day 270

Welcome to another update from my 365 meditation journey, a commitment to meditate 365 days straight. Here is today’s breakdown:

Morning

Minutes of Time Meditation

Meditation: MIDL 15 Minutes of Mindfulness 04/20: Skill of Softening Into

Teacher: Stephen Proctor

 

Notes:

  • 1st thing, inside, Seiza (kneeling) posture

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: YogaWarm-Up Essentials

Teacher: Daily Yoga App

 

Notes:

Morning

Minutes of Yoga

Meditation: Yoga For Flexibility

Teacher: GoodLife Fitness Virtual

 

Notes:

  • 1 of my clients joined me

TOTAL

Minutes of Meditation

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