Intellectual humility is associated with curiosity, thoroughness and courage
How far are you prepared to accept that you are in the wrong? A new study shows there are a lot of benefits to humility, even though its a rarity in these times of Trump and Brexit. To measure your own, simply answer the following question:
On a scale of 1 (not at all) to 5 (very much), to what extent do you accept that your beliefs and attitudes may be wrong?
If you said 4 or above, then you are above average in terms of intellectual humility (the mean score in an internet sample of 400 participants was around 3.75). This is good news. A study from Duke University in North Carolina found that intellectual humility is related to a large number of positive qualities, including curiosity, autonomy, attentiveness, carefulness and thoroughness, as well as courage and tenacity; qualities that are traditionally associated more with braggadocio than humility.
A follow-up study found that participants scoring high on intellectual humility gave more favourable ratings to both pro- and anti-religion essays, regardless of their own religious views. A second study found that intellectually humble participants were more willing to vote for politicians who changed their position on a particular issue.
If you said 3 or below, then you are lacking in intellectual humility. Have you ever thought about a career in politics?