To increase your intellectual humility, become a lover of truth. If you value the truth over stroking your ego, you will eat humble pie and confess when you don't know something. The truth is a valuable commodity. You'll get that excellent even if it means admitting you don't know something or are perplexed. It's better to be wrong with honesty than right with arrogance.
The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know. This makes you less sure of yourself and your opinions. It also makes you want to listen to other people's opinions and consider what they say. Intellectual humility comes from realizing how limited your knowledge is and how anyone's opinion can be valid depending on their perspective.
So how did Jesus Christ achieve intellectual humility? Matthew Henry wrote, "Jesus Christ humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, so that we may be freed from sin." Jesus knew his own limitations because he always told others about them. He didn't think highly of himself either, which is why God used him as a model for us to follow. Jesus said, "He who believes in me, does not believe in me only, but in him who sent me". (John 6:64)
We see this in Paul's writings too. He told the Corinthians that he was nothing but a servant of Jesus Christ. Because he knew his own limitations, he never claimed to have any special gifts or abilities.
Things a person with intellectual integrity should do. 1. When there is no proof or reasonable reasoning to address a specific question, say "I don't know." This indicates that arguing from ignorance is intellectually dishonest, like when we claim, "you have no proof for what you say, thus what I say must be true."
2. Don't mislead people about the evidence for your claims. If there is no proof for your statement, don't say "this fact has been proven" or "there's a great deal of evidence supporting this fact."
3. Be willing to change your mind if new evidence comes up or old evidence changes.
Intellectual dishonesty includes thinking you know something that you don't really know, and pretending to others that you do. It can also include making statements without any evidence to back them up. For example, if someone claims credit for something they didn't actually do, this would be intellectual dishonesty.
People sometimes commit intellectual dishonesty when trying to persuade others of their views. For example, if someone claims that science shows that humans cause climate change when the truth is that scientists disagree on this issue, this would be committing intellectual dishonesty.
In general, if you want to be taken seriously by others, you need to show them that you are honest about how much knowledge you have on a subject.
Most importantly, humility permits you to be honest with yourself. Always be nice and kind to others. You never know when someone will need to contact you. When you don't know, when you know a bit, and when you believe you know everything, ask questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Also, politeness is very important. Be polite even if you disagree with someone or they upset you in some way. Even if you think they are being rude, keep your cool and be polite. Otherwise, you will get nothing done and nobody will like you.
Finally, humility means having low opinions of yourself. Don't compare yourself to others. Instead, focus on what you can do better next time. Never feel bad about asking for help when you need it. If someone has helped you, thank them kindly but don't hesitate to tell them that you can take care of yourself too.
These are just some of the many ways to be humble and polite. There are many more, but we don't have room here. Do some research on these topics and you will see that being humble and polite is important for your health, happiness and success in life.
Begin by requesting honest input from a reliable source in your life (e. g., family member, romantic partner, trusted friend, valued colleague). Inquire about their perceptions of your humility, your blind spots, and how you may be more attentive, open, and compassionate. To cultivate humility, you must be conscious of your own areas for improvement. 2. Engage with content that challenges your assumptions.
Read works by thinkers who have challenged you to question what is comfortable and easy about life as we know it. Read books by people who have tried something new and unexpected. 3. Spend time with people who will lift you up rather than drag you down.
Humility is not weakness; it is one of the most effective strengths there are. It takes courage to be humble. So spend time with individuals who will encourage you when you are confident and criticize you when you are not. Let them see you try new things and let go when they don't work out. 4. Keep learning.
If you want to become more humble, learn from those who are more humble than you. Listen carefully and ask thoughtful questions. Don't just accept what others say; seek out alternative perspectives. 5. Trust your instincts.
When you feel like you need to change or correct yourself, listen to your heart instead of following the crowd. Your heart knows better than anyone else whether you should be humble or not. 6. Do not compare your small life to other people's large lives.