Wisdom in the Military Context

Zacher, Hannes, McKenna, Bernard, Rooney, David and Gold, Steven (2015) Wisdom in the Military Context. Military Psychology, 27 3: 142-154. doi:10.1037/mil0000070

Author Zacher, Hannes
McKenna, Bernard
Rooney, David
Gold, Steven
Title Wisdom in the Military Context
Journal name Military Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7876
Publication date 2015-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/mil0000070
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 142
End page 154
Total pages 13
Place of publication Washington, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract On the basis of the Berlin wisdom paradigm, we define wisdom in the military context as expert knowledge and judgment concerning in extremis military operations. We measured wisdom in the military context by asking participants to give advice to an inexperienced officer facing an in extremis operation; subsequently, we coded their responses. Data were provided by 74 senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in the U.S. defense forces. In support of convergent validity, wisdom in the military context was positively related to general objective wisdom and general self-assessed wisdom. Relationships of wisdom in the military context and general objective wisdom with Big Five personality characteristics were nonsignificant, whereas general self-assessed wisdom was positively related to extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience, and it was negatively related to neuroticism. The findings provide initial support for the validity of the new wisdom in the military context measure. We discuss several implications for future research and practice regarding wisdom in the military context.
Keyword Wisdom
In extremis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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