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Alone Yoda was. But lonely was he? When Yoda appeared in Empire Strikes Back, he was pretty much by himself on the planet Dagobah with no Direct TV. However, according to a study just published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, he may have had some protection against loneliness, and it wasn’t the Force.

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For the study, a team from the University of California-San Diego, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, and IBM Research analyzed questionnaire responses from 340 adults living in the San Diego, California, community. Their ages ranged from 27 to 101 years old with an average age of62 Half were women. Questionnaires used included the UCLA Loneliness Scale Version 3 (UCLA-3), the 4-item Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Social Isolation Scale, the single-item measure from the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CESD) scale, the San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE), and the Medical Outcomes Survey- Short form 36.

Results from the UCLA-3 Scale showed that 76% of the study subjects reported moderate-to- high levels of loneliness. The subjects with the highest measured levels of loneliness were in their late-20’s, mid-50’s, and late-80’s. This is probably not too surprising. The late 20’s may be a time when you have been out of high school or college long enough to wonder where your life is going. High school, college, graduate or professional school, or early career positions may offer the comfort of similar cohorts of people being around you, experiencing the same things together. By your late 20’s, lives begin to diverge. If you are single, you may be looking at your buddies or besties who are married and beginning to have kids. If you are married and unhappy, you may look forlornly on those who are still single. Then, the mid-50’s can be a time for mid-life crises, and the late-80’s can be when you no longer have many of your friends or companions around and are facing major health challenges. Not surprisingly, people who reported feeling more lonely had “worse depression, anxiety, perceived stress, and cognitive complaints.” Also, there were associations between greater loneliness and lower resilience, less optimism, and poorer mental health.

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However, one thing correlated with lower levels of loneliness: being a wise guy, or wise gal. Not in a gangster or jerky sense, but meaning scoring higher on the San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE).

The San Diego Wisdom Scale is not a measure of your knowledge of San Diego. As described in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, it is a 24-item questionnaire that is supposed to measure your level of wisdom. You are supposed to read each of the Items in the third column of the table below and indicate on a scale of 1 to 5 whether you agree with the statement, with 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree:

Factor Score Effect Item
Social Advising + I am good at perceiving how others are feeling.
Social Advising + Others look to me to help them make choices.
Social Advising + Others say I give good advice.
Social Advising I often don’t know what to tell people when they come to me for advice.
Decisiveness I have trouble making decisions.
Decisiveness + I usually make decisions in a timely fashion.
Decisiveness I tend to postpone making major decisions as long as I can.
Decisiveness I would rather someone else make the decision for me if I am uncertain.
Emotional Regulation I have trouble thinking clearly when I am upset.
Emotional Regulation + I remain calm under pressure.
Emotional Regulation + I am able to recover well from emotional stress.
Emotional Regulation I cannot filter my negative emotions.
Insight + I take time to reflect on my thoughts.
Insight I avoid self-reflection.
Insight + It is important that I understand the reasons for my actions.
Insight I don’t analyze my own behavior.
Pro-Social Behaviors I have a difficult time keeping friendships.
Pro-Social Behaviors I avoid situations where I know my help will be needed.
Pro-Social Behaviors + I would stop a stranger who dropped a twenty-dollar bill to return it.
Pro-Social Behaviors + I treat others the way I would like to be treated.
Tolerance for Divergent Values + I enjoy learning things about other cultures.
Tolerance for Divergent Values + I am okay with others having morals and values other than my own.
Tolerance for Divergent Values + I generally learn something from every person I meet.
Tolerance for Divergent Values + I enjoy being exposed to diverse viewpoints.
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The middle column indicates whether a higher score on the item should contribute positively (marked with a “+” sign) or negatively (marked with a “-” sign) to your final total score. For example, the more you agree with the statement, “I enjoy being exposed to diverse viewpoints.,” the higher your total wisdom score will be. On the flip side, the more you agree with the statement “I don’t analyze my own behavior,” the lower your total score will be. As you can see, these items fall into 6 categories of factors (listed in the first or left-most column).

Of course, there is debate over whether a single test like this can truly measure wisdom. This test may not really capture all the aspects of wisdom. Plus, people can be remarkably bad at answering questions about themselves. After all, someone who doesn’t do self-reflection too well, may believe that he or she is great at self-reflection, by definition. Also, to my knowledge Yoda has never taken this test, because he is a fictional character.

Moreover, such studies can only show associations, not cause-and-effect. Silly you are, if you think correlation means causation. Other factors could be leading to both lower scores on the SD-WISE and higher scores on the loneliness scales. For example, if fewer and fewer people from diverse backgrounds are mixing then this could lead to both more social isolation and discord as well as a lack of appreciation for diversity. Alternatively, loneliness in some cases could lead to lower scores on the SD-WISE. For example, if you feel lonely, you may have a more difficult time making decisions or be less interested in learning from others. Things can seem and be a lot easier when you have plenty of people helping you. Remember loneliness and its causes and effects can be quite complex.

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Nevertheless, it would make sense that many items on the SD-WISE may correlate with wisdom and a lower level of loneliness. For example, if you are more tolerant of other cultures and other viewpoints, maybe you will be more likely to learn from others and make friends or even find significant others more easily. At least, life may seem more interesting to you.

Certainly, this does not mean feeling lonely means lack of wisdom. You can have Yodas and Yodas of wisdom and still be in situation where you are not connecting with people at work, at home, or in the community. Even if you are quite wise, interested in learning, trying to help others, and interested in being exposed to diverse backgrounds, everyone else around you may not feel the same way or offer you opportunities. You may be facing discrimination, harassment, or other unfair circumstances. You may be in situation where there are very few people like you. There are many other situations where factors leading to loneliness may appear to be beyond your control. All this study is suggesting is that wisdom could possibly, potentially help protect against loneliness to some degree.

These study results should not suggest that simply becoming more wise is the magical potion to America’s loneliness epidemic. This puts too much pressure and stigma on those who feel lonely, which according to the study was the majority of people surveyed. Having such a high rate (76% of respondents) of loneliness means that it is a systems problem and not a single cause-single simple solution problem. It also means that more needs to be done, more urgently. As Yoda once said, “do or do not. There is no try.”

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Alone Yoda was. However lonesome was he? When Yoda appeared in Empire Strikes Back , he was practically by himself on earth Dagobah without any Direct TELEVISION. Nevertheless, according to a research study simply released in the journal(**************** )Global Psychogeriatrics(************** ), he might have had some defense versus isolation, and it wasn’t the Force.

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For the research study, a group from the University of California-San Diego, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System, and IBM Research study examined survey reactions from340 grownups residing in the San Diego, California, neighborhood.
Their ages varied from27 to 101 years of ages with a typical age of62
Half were ladies. Surveys utilized consisted of the UCLA Isolations Scale Variation 3 (UCLA-3), the 4-item Patient-Reported Results Measurement Details System (PROMIS) Social Seclusion Scale, the single-item step from the Center for Epidemiologic Research Anxiety (CESD) scale, the San Diego Knowledge Scale (SD-WISE), and the Medical Results Study – Brief type36

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Social Advising + I am proficient at viewing how others are feeling.
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Decisiveness I have difficulty making choices.
Decisiveness + I typically make choices in a prompt style.
Decisiveness I tend to hold off making significant choices as long as I can.
Decisiveness I would rather another person decide for me if I doubt.
Psychological Policy I have difficulty believing plainly when I am upset.
Psychological Policy + I stay calm under pressure.
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Insight + I take some time to assess my ideas.
Insight I prevent self-reflection.
Insight + It is very important that I comprehend the factors for my actions.
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Pro-Social Behaviors I prevent circumstances where I understand my assistance will be required.
Pro-Social Behaviors + I would stop a complete stranger who dropped a twenty-dollar costs to return it.
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Tolerance for Divergent Worths + I delight in discovering aspects of other cultures.
Tolerance for Divergent Worths + I am all right with others having morals and worths aside from my own.
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The middle column shows whether a greater rating on the product must contribute favorably (marked with a” +” indication) or adversely (marked with a” -” indication) to your last overall rating. For instance, the more you concur with the declaration, “I delight in being exposed to varied perspectives. ,” the greater your overall knowledge rating will be. On the other hand, the more you concur with the declaration “I do not examine my own habits,” the lower your overall rating will be. As you can see, these products fall under 6 classifications of aspects (noted in the very first or left-most column).

Naturally, there is argument over whether a single test like this can really determine knowledge. This test might not actually catch all the elements of knowledge. Plus, individuals can be incredibly bad at responding to concerns about themselves. After all, somebody who does not do self-reflection too well, might think that she or he is terrific at self-reflection, by meaning. Likewise, to my understanding Yoda has actually never ever taken this test, since he is an imaginary character.

Additionally, such research studies can just reveal associations, not cause-and-effect. Ridiculous you are, if you believe connection implies causation. Other aspects might be resulting in both lower ratings on the SD-WISE and greater ratings on the isolation scales. For instance, if less and less individuals from varied backgrounds are blending then this might cause both more social seclusion and discord along with an absence of gratitude for variety. Additionally, isolation in many cases might cause lower ratings on the SD-WISE. For instance, if you feel lonesome, you might have a harder time making choices or be less thinking about gaining from others. Things can appear and be a lot simpler when you have a lot of individuals assisting you. Keep in mind isolation and its domino effects can be rather intricate.

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Nonetheless, it would make good sense that numerous products on the SD-WISE might associate with knowledge and a lower level of isolation. For instance, if you are more tolerant of other cultures and other perspectives, possibly you will be most likely to gain from others and make pals or perhaps discover loved ones more quickly. A minimum of, life might appear more intriguing to you.

Definitely, this does not suggest sensation lonesome methods do not have of knowledge. You can have Yodas and Yodas of knowledge and still remain in scenario where you are not getting in touch with individuals at work, in the house, or in the neighborhood. Even if you are rather smart, thinking about discovering, attempting to assist others, and thinking about being exposed to varied backgrounds, everybody else around you might not feel the very same method or deal you chances. You might be dealing with discrimination, harassment, or other unreasonable situations. You might remain in scenario where there are really couple of individuals like you. There are numerous other circumstances where aspects resulting in isolation might seem beyond your control. All this research study is recommending is that knowledge might perhaps, possibly assist secure versus isolation to some degree.

These research study results must not recommend that just ending up being more smart is the wonderful potion to America’s isolation epidemic. This puts excessive pressure and preconception on those who feel lonesome, which according to the research study was most of individuals surveyed. Having such a high rate (76 % of participants) of isolation implies that it is a systems issue and not a single cause-single basic service issue. It likewise implies that more requirements to be done, more urgently. As Yoda as soon as stated, “do or do not. There is no shot.”

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