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A Surprising Lesson from the Study of Wisdom

Ron Siegel Talks About the Personal Impact of His Work


What’s it like to be an expert on wisdom?

I posed this question to Ron Siegel—a man who’s played host to the Dalai Lama and co-edited a landmark book integrating Eastern and Western perspectives on wisdom, compassion and higher consciousness.

His answer was quick, honest, funny and paradoxically wise.

Take 2 minutes to listen. You’ll not only get a great sense of Ron’s down-to-earth approach to the pursuit of wisdom, you’ll also learn a simple 3-word question that you can use it to get back on track when your ego tries to muscle in on your clinical work.

This is a great example of what our 6 Faces of Wisdom webcast series offers—concrete ways to grow in wisdom with the clear goal of making us more effective therapists. It features six of psychotherapy’s most admired practitioners–Tara Brach, Eugene Gendlin, Irvin Yalom, Mary Pipher, Ron Siegel, and Nobel-laureate, Daniel Kahneman.

They’ll turn esoteric notions of wisdom upside-down by demonstrating three very practical things:

  • Wisdom can be learned.
  • It doesn’t take a lifetime (or even a long time) to learn it.
  • Becoming a wiser therapist has real practical value in the consulting room.

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Ron Siegel PsyD, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, is the author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems as well as coeditor of both Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.

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One Response to A Surprising Lesson from the Study of Wisdom

  1. Ken Harwood says:

    It saddens me to learn that what little wisdom I have gained in a lifetime of struggles can be acquired simply by reading a book.

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