PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR
RESEARCH GROUP PSYCHOSOMATIC REHABILITATION AT THE CHARITÉ UNIVERSITY MEDICINE
Wisdom psychology and wisdom psychotherapy
Wisdom can be understood as psychological capacity which is needed by everybody to cope with „unsolvable“ problems in life, like going to get married, or after the death of a beloved one, but also even when buying food. This capacity is therefore also needed by patients who have to cope with difficult situations in life. „Wisdom psychotherapy“ translates knowledge from wisdom psychology into clinical psychology.
Referring to theories of wisdom, thirteen wisdom subdimensions were identified, like change of perspective, empathy, serenity, contextualism, value relativism, uncertainty tolerance, long-term perspective etc. In psychotherapy in general, and cognitive behavior therapy in particular there are ways to train such competencies. Additionally the method of „unsolvable life problems“ has been developed as specific therapeutic intervention. There is first evidence from scientific trials and clinical experience that this approach is useful in helping patients to overcome hurting experiences.
The mini-workshop will give an introduction in wisdom psychology, explain treatment strategies of wisdom psychotherapy. Goal is to inform psychotherapists how wisdom psychology can be used in the treatment of their patients.