Relationships Between Humility and Emotional and Psychological Well-Being

The present research is a preliminary investigation of the concurrent and temporal relationships between humility and two forms of well-being: emotional and psychological well-being. Humility, emotional well-being, and psychological well-being were measured twice 6 weeks apart. Humility correlated positively with psychological well-being at both time-points but was positively related to emotional well-being at only one time-point. In addition, we used structural equation modeling to perform cross-lagged panel analyses and found that psychological well-being predicted an increase in humility over time, but humility did not predict changes in psychological well-being over time. In addition, there were no cross-lagged associations between emotional well-being and humility. The results suggest that humility does not necessarily lead to more pleasant or fulfilling experiences, but psychological well-being is conducive to cultivating humility.

To conclude, while past studies have shown that humility bestows several interpersonal and intrapersonal adaptive benefits, we found that being humble may not lead to more pleasant or fulfilling experiences, and emotionally pleasant experiences do not promote humility. However, psychological well-being predicts an increase in humility over time. Hence, fulfilling experiences can be a vital source for cultivating humility.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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