Adam Grant pointed to How â€˜Intellectual Humilityâ€™ Can Make You a Better Person which I found intriguing.
We all have a tendency to overestimate how much we know â€” which, in turn, means that we often cling stubbornly to our beliefs while tuning out opinions different from our own. We generally believe weâ€™re better or more correct than everyone else, or at least better than most people â€” a psychological quirk thatâ€™s as true for politics and religion as it is for things like fashion and lifestyles. And in a time when it seems like weâ€™re all more convinced than ever of our own rightness, social scientists have begun to look more closely at an antidote: a concept called intellectual humility… whichÂ has to do with understanding the limits of oneâ€™s knowledge. Itâ€™s a state of openness to new ideas, a willingness to be receptive to new sources of evidence, and it comes with significant benefits: People with intellectual humility are both better learners and better able to engage in civil discourse. Googleâ€™s VP in charge of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has claimed it as one of the top qualities he looks for in a candidate: Without intellectual humility, he has said, â€œyou are unable to learn.â€
I wonder how my wanting to explain things tied in with myÂ Imposter Syndrome derails the above overestimations. There is a thing in the back of my head looking to find fault in myself.Â So in going to explain something and realizing my weaknesses, my confirmation bias is to think, “Of course, I don’t understand it as well as I ought.”
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