Still waters run deep: Humility as a master virtue

Caroline R. Lavelock, Everett L. Worthington, Brandon J. Griffin, Rachel C. Garthe, Aaliah Elnasseh, Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook

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Abstract

We present two intervention studies designed to promote humility and other virtues. In Study 1, we compared the PROVE Humility workbook (Lavelock, Worthington, & Davis, 2012/2013) to alternative workbooks, each designed to promote a particular virtue (e.g., forgiveness, patience, self-control) or mood state (positivity). Participants who completed the PROVE Humility workbook reported greater increases in humility and other virtues when compared to participants in the other conditions. In Study 2, we revised the workbook and tested it against a test-retest control condition. Study 2 replicated the findings from Study 1, such that participants who completed the PROVE Humility workbook reported improvements in humility and other virtues (e.g., forgivingness and patience), as well as reductions in negative affect. These find-ings support the idea of humility being a master virtue, and we recommend future directions for the clinical application of humility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-303
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychology and Theology
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Psychology(all)

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