The Wisdom Toolbox: Igniting Compassionate Observation and Action for the Greater Good with Dr. Dilip Jeste & Debra Silverman


Original Air Date Wednesday, March 31, 2021 


Who do you think of when you think of the wisest person you know? Did you think of a grandparent or a mature mentor? If so, it is because when we begin the process of accepting ourselves and appreciating our lives as gifts, we naturally embrace empathy and compassion to become more resilient and wise. These understandings usually go hand-in-hand with aging. It is possible to accelerate the gaining of wisdom and create balance in our lives earlier but, we must first understand our inherent personality traits and the essential elements that rule our emotions. In this episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with Dr. Dilip Jeste about his book, Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good and famed Astrologer Debra Silverman about her book, The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition to root out what causes us to feel compassion for ourselves and others.


Dr. Dilip Jeste — Compassion and Empathy Lead to Wisdom:

  •  Older adults can be a wellspring of wisdom and resilience. [2:00]
  •  Can we learn to be wiser or accelerate the accumulation of wisdom? [6:01]
  •  Dr. Jeste offers tips to broaden compassion and empathy. [11:34][8:37]
  •  Dr. Jeste explains why he focuses his time on Positive Psychiatry. [14:21]
  •  Tracking the happiness level of the average human and how a grandparents’ involvement in a child’s life is beneficial. [19:47]

Dilip Jeste MD, is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, professor of psychiatry and neurosciences, and Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at UC San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychiatric Association. A neuropsychiatrist specializing in geriatric issues, Jeste has spent more than 20 years studying aspects of healthy aging and the neurobiological roots of wisdom.

Book: Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good


 Dilip Jeste MD

@UCSDHealthyAging on Twitter

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Debra Silverman — Turning on the Voice of Compassion:

  • When seeking wisdom it is best to go back to basics. [27:33]
  • How astrology can be used to cultivate greater balance in our lives and our stories. [29:06]
  • The four elements that help us manage our personality types. [31:43]
  • The observer in our lives offers us power and free will. [39:59]
  • In Debra’s Youtube video series, she plays the essence of each astrological sign. [45:12]
  • Lisa reads Sting’s recommendation for Debra’s book, The Missing Element. [53:27]
Through the past 40 years of professional experience and private practice, acclaimed astrologer Debra Silverman has specialized in helping thousands of individuals achieve emotional health and wisdom based on their unique personality and the four elements: water, air earth, and fire. Her work with families, individuals, and couples has her standing out in a sea of therapists and coaches. She has taught at the internationally renowned Esalen Institute, and her work has taken her around the globe. Debra has a MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University.

Book: The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition

 Debra Silverman Astrology

@DebraSilverman on Twitter

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@DebraSilverman_Astrology on Instagram


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