The Four Elements Of Intellectual Humility
Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations and exercises below.
Intellectual Humility is a better way to think about the idea of “open mindedness.”
Open-mindedness has to do with how we take in new experiences or information. Philosophers say that humans have two ways of doing that:
Intellectual Humility breaks down into four pieces.
Professors from Pepperdine University, Drs. Liz Mancuso and Stephen Rouse, broke IH down into components and define it as “a nonthreatening awareness of one’s intellectual fallibility.”
This should means a person with IH should be able to do four things:
Respect other viewpoints
Not be intellectually overconfident
Separate ego from intellect
Be willing to revise important viewpoints
Though it’s possible to rank high in some and not in others, to be truly intellectually humble, you need all these things.
Studies show that people high in IH pay more attention to evidence and are interested in the reasons that other people disagree with them, rather than just overcoming their opponents.
People with lots of IH also have less emotional reactions to ideas they don’t agree with. And they’re better at distinguishing between fake news and truth.
Breaking IH down into these four components gives us an easier way to think about developing it than just saying, “Be better at changing your mind when you should!”
The following lessons in this section of the course are based on data from thousands of people who’ve taken the IH assessment developed by Mancuso and Rouse—combined with research across neuroscience, psychology, and sociology.