Humble People Tend to Be More Knowledgeable, According to This Study
People who don’t flaunt their intellectual prowess tend to possess more knowledge
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You might have heard about how the less informed think they have superior intelligence. Turns out, it works the other way around. In a similar study, it was found that people who don’t flaunt their intellectual prowess tend to possess more knowledge. According to a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, people who are intellectually humble tend to score better on a test of general knowledge.
The researchers conducted five studies comprising 1,200 participants and found links between intellectual humility and how much knowledge a person acquires.
“We observed that intellectual humility related to crystallized, but not fluid intelligence. Higher levels of intellectual humility were associated with possessing more general knowledge, but were not related to cognitive ability,” study author Elizabeth J. Krumrei-Mancuso told PsyPost.
“Research demonstrates that those who believe knowledge is certain are likely to incorrectly draw definitive conclusions from ambiguous evidence,” explains the paper. “That is, individuals tend to distort information to fit their epistemological beliefs, which can affect their interpretation of information and knowledge acquisition.”