Humility is not the boldest of personality traits, but it‚Äôs an important one, studies find. And it‚Äôs hard to fake.
In their day jobs, research psychologists don‚Äôt typically need safety goggles, much less pith helmets or Indiana Jones bullwhips. There‚Äôs no rappelling into caves to uncover buried scrolls, no prowling the ocean floor in spherical subs, no tuning of immense, underground magnets in the hunt for ghostly subatomic particles.¬†
Still, psychologists do occasionally excavate the habits of lost civilizations. In a paper published in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a team of researchers reviewed studies of a once-widespread personal trait, one ‚Äúcharacterized by an ability to accurately acknowledge one‚Äôs limitations and abilities, and an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented rather than self-focused.‚ÄĚ Humility.