I include an online service, called ScienceDaily, as part of my research into scientific and medical breakthroughs. It’s my number one source on the latest news.
Anyhow, I normally don’t spend much — if any — time on articles that aren’t related to Ryan, but one caught my attention. It made me think of all the humble people who has helped us along the way. I wanted to see if what I felt was true, so I continued reading it.The article states that they are surprised by the findings, but I am not. As it turns out, I came to this conclusion some time ago. Still, it’s always nice to be validated.
It also confirms I use to be an egotistical jerk. How I wish I could change that.
So, all you humble people, enjoy reading about yourselves.
Humble People Are More Likely to Lend a Helping Hand
ScienceDaily (Jan. 2, 2012) — Humble people are more likely to offer time to someone in need than arrogant people are, according to findings by Baylor University researchers published online in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
“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, Ph.D., 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.”
In most cases, a person’s decision to help someone in need is influenced by temporary personal or situational factors such as time pressure, number of bystanders, momentary feelings of empathy or a person’s own distress, said Wade C. Rowatt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who led the study and co-authored the article.
“The research indicates that humility is a positive quality with potential benefits,” Rowatt said. “While several factors influence whether people will volunteer to help a fellow human in need, it appears that humble people, on average, are more helpful than individuals who are egotistical or conceited.”
This is about half of the entire article. The remainder is mostly how the study was conducted. If that interests you then click here. One article that I hope you do take the time to visit (or revisit) and share on your social media is the one about the Chick Magnet. This article is in contention for a $50,000 grand prize.