The New York Times:
Humility has a bad reputation. The definition for humility and humbleness in my Random House dictionary includes: “having feelings of insignificance, inferiority, subservience…low in rank, importance, status, quality etc.” But recently I sat in on a panel at the Association for Psychological Science convention where the scholars had a much more appreciative view.
June Tangney of George Mason University emphasized that humility is not equivalent to low self-esteem. Rather, the humble person has an accurate view of herself. She can acknowledge her mistakes. She has low self-focus. She is aware of her place in the grand scheme of things and is sensitive to larger and possibly higher forces.
The humble person has the ability to be “unselved.”
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