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The Power of Intellectual Humility:

What does it mean to be intellectually humble when it counts?

By Eranda Jayawickreme, Psychology Today

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I enjoy talking to strangers when I’m travelling. This might be because I’m a psychologist, or because I always try to look for the best in people, or perhaps it’s a reflection of the fact that a dear family friend christened me “Tigger” when I was a child because of my apparently rampant extraversion.

Regardless, whether it’s in a cab, on a plane, or at a party, I’m likely to be the one happily chatting away with people I’ve never met before and will perhaps never see again. I’ve received primers on the history of tobacco in North Carolina, been subjected to multiple attempts at conversion by practitioners of various religions, discussed the question of whether all languages are in fact governed by universal laws, and been complimented as apparently “one of the good ones” (I try not to overthink that one now).

I take particular joy when strangers ask me what I do for a living. I always give them the same answer: I study happiness...

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Jayawickreme, E. (2022, April 13). The Power of Intellectual Humility: What does it mean to be intellectually humble when it counts? Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pathways-flourishing/202204/the-power-intellectual-humility?fbclid=IwAR3WdXVdVBI7RdT3UwOeAsLH-ZsRU1ee5vrnGcatpBGpRhCZV4QENq4kTKc