Are you willing to concede if you don’t know something? Or do you get defensive when someone questions your beliefs?
Your answers might say a lot about how much “intellectual humility” you have. According to researchers, intellectual humility centers on recognizing the limitations of your own knowledge and beliefs, and it is linked to many benefits.
It can help you to learn new things and make you curious, instead of combative, when confronted with opposing views. There’s evidence that it can strengthen your relationships and help you build bridges with diverse groups of people–a skill we need more than ever. During a time of intense political polarization, intellectual humility may provide us with a constructive way forward.
This quiz, which is drawn from three scientifically validated scales, aims to measure your intellectual humility. Please answer the first 11 questions below honestly; there are no right or wrong answers. The last seven questions are about you, and will be used to explore how intellectual humility relates to factors like age and gender.
When you're done, you'll get your score, learn more about the benefits of intellectual humility, and find resources to help you recognize your own limitations and be more open to other points of view.
Quizzes like this one are not the last word on your abilities. Instead, take them as an invitation to reflect on your strengths and on areas where you might improve.
Any responses submitted here will never be shared with any organization outside the Greater Good Science Center under any circumstances, ever. All responses are anonymized and only used in aggregate for evaluation purposes.
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