Humble People: More Responsive to Help Others in Need

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It had been declared by the researches of Baylor University scholars, published in Positive Psychology journals, that proud people are less helpful at the time of need than humble people.

“The findings are surprising because in nearly 30 years of research on helping behavior, very few studies have shown any effect of personality variables on helping,” said lead author Jordan LaBouff, PhD, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Maine, who collaborated on the research while a doctoral candidate at Baylor. “The only other personality trait that has shown any effect is agreeableness, but we found that humility predicted helping over and above that.”

According to the scholars certain situational or personal factors like number of persons standing nearby, person’s feeling of pain, pressure of time etc., affect the decision of a person to help someone at the time of need.

Observance of humbleness

It has been revealed through researches by Wade C. Rowatt that humbleness is an optimistic feature which has many probable advantages though the helping instinct in a person is influenced through several factors and is more probable in the humble persons who more sensitive to help others than proud people.

The humbleness of a person can be observed by his positive actions at the moment of someone’s need even if he has controlled positive personal factors such as generosity because verbally he can overstate or understate his humbleness to mold the situation accordingly.

Another case reveals the positive affect of humbleness by offering more sensitiveness towards the needy person than others with less sensitivity. Once a student got hurt on his leg due to a road accident and humble people offered more time to visit him for caring him than others who were less sensitive to his situation.

“Our discovery here is that the understudied trait of humility predicts helpfulness,” Rowatt said. “Important next steps will be to figure out whether humility can be cultivated and if humility is beneficial in other contexts, such as scientific and medical advancements or leadership development.”

If a group of people is asked to name features of their personality they will recite according to their nature like humble people will say tolerant, modest, open-minded, respectful and down to earth but neither of arrogant people may included the names of egotistical, arrogant, conceited and immodest in their citation. But humbleness may not be cultivated in someone who does not has it naturally.





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