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We all overestimate how much we know. Our guest tries a practice in slowing down to ask more questions, and finds it leads to higher quality connections. Episode summary: What happens when we pause and open up to ideas that we didn’t think of ourselves? This episode is about intellectual humility, the ability to surrender to the idea that we might not have all the information or may not be right. Our guest is Kelly Corrigan, a best-selling author and host of PBS talk show Tell Me More and podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders. Her teams look to her for direction, but she wanted to see what would happen if she paused more to ask them questions, and found it totally changed her approach to both her work and family life. We also explore science around the subtle ways we react differently to people we disagree with, and how intellectual humility can change that. Try this practice: Cultivate Intellectual Humility If you can, write out your answers. When you encounter information or an opinion that contradicts your opinion or worldview, ask yourself questions like these: Why do you disagree? Are you making any assumptions? Might those assumptions be wrong? How did you come to your opinion? Think about the scenario from the perspective of a person who disagrees with you. Try to imagine how they came to believe what they believe: What information might they be basing their opinion off of? What values do you think they’re weighing in how they think about this topic? Can you imagine how they came to hold those values? 3. Tap into your intellectual humility: Identify places where, before, you didn’t acknowledge the limitations of what you know Now that you’ve worked to see this issue from another person’s point of view, do you see more value in their perspective? Today’s guests: Kelly Corrigan is the author of five books. She’s also the host for PBS’s longform interview show, Tell Me More and Kelly Corrigan Wonders*.* Check out Kelly’s website: Follow Kelly on Twitter: Follow Kelly on Instagram: Mark Leary is a psychologist and emeritus professor at Duke University. Learn more about Mark and his work: Check out Mark’s research on Google Scholar: Resources from The Greater Good Science Center: What Does Intellectual Humility Look Like? Five Reasons Intellectual Humility is Good for You: Intellectual Humility Quiz: Three Reasons for Leaders to Cultivate Intellectual Humility: How to Know if You’re Actually Humble: More Resources on Intellectual Humility Vox - Intellectual humility: The importance of knowing you might be wrong: Financial Times - Why Intellectual Humility Matters: Psych Central - How Humility Strengthens Your Relationship: University of Notre Dame - To Make Better Decisions, Get More Comfortable Saying “I Don’t Know” Tell us about your thoughts on intellectual humility. Email us at [email protected] or use the hashtag #happinesspod. Help us share The Science of Happiness! Leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or share this link with someone who might like the show: This episode was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, as part of our project on "Expanding Awareness of the Science of Intellectual Humility." For more on the project, go to
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