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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017 Jun;43(6):793-813. doi: 10.1177/0146167217697695. Epub 2017 Mar 17.

Cognitive and Interpersonal Features of Intellectual Humility.

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1 Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
2
2 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
3
3 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
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4 Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA.

Abstract

Four studies examined intellectual humility-the degree to which people recognize that their beliefs might be wrong. Using a new Intellectual Humility (IH) Scale, Study 1 showed that intellectual humility was associated with variables related to openness, curiosity, tolerance of ambiguity, and low dogmatism. Study 2 revealed that participants high in intellectual humility were less certain that their beliefs about religion were correct and judged people less on the basis of their religious opinions. In Study 3, participants high in intellectual humility were less inclined to think that politicians who changed their attitudes were "flip-flopping," and Study 4 showed that people high in intellectual humility were more attuned to the strength of persuasive arguments than those who were low. In addition to extending our understanding of intellectual humility, this research demonstrates that the IH Scale is a valid measure of the degree to which people recognize that their beliefs are fallible.

KEYWORDS:

arrogance; belief certainty; humility; intellectual humility; openness to ideas

PMID:
28903672
DOI:
10.1177/0146167217697695
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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