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Handbook of Humility

Theory, Research, and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Everett L. Worthington Jr., Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook


366 pages

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The Handbook of Humility is the first scholarly book to bring together authors from psychology as well as other fields to address what we know and don’t know about humility. Authors review the existing research in this burgeoning field that has well over 100 empirical articles and an increasing trajectory of publication. This work should form the basis for research in humility for many years.

In this book, chapters address definitions of humility that guide research. Authors also reflect on the practical applications of humility research within the areas they reviewed. The book informs people who study humility scientifically, but it is also an exceptional guide for psychotherapists, philosophers, religious and community leaders, politicians, educated lay people, and those who would like to fuel an informed reflection on how humility might make interactions more civil in relationships, organizations, communities, political processes, and national and international relations.


“Humility appears to be a modest virtue, so unassuming, so meek, so gentle. But we should not be deceived of its appearance. Neglected for too long by scientists and practitioners, humility is a wellspring of strength and flourishing. Buoyed by modern scientific findings, this volume restores this human strength to a central place among the virtues.”—Robert A. Emmons, editor-in-chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology; author, Thanks! and Gratitude Works!

“Yes, it’s a book about humility, but it’s no shrinking violet. Bold and forward-looking, the Handbook of Humility is packed with insights, questions, and challenges about one of the world’s most misunderstood virtues. Highly recommended for social scientists, philosophers, clinicians, and students.”— Michael McCullough, professor of psychology, University of Miami; author, Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

“This inspired scholarly collection will be indispensable to researchers, therapists, philosophers, religious scholars, theorists, and anyone interested in understanding the science of humility. The chapters in this volume, written by many of the leading researchers from multiple different disciplines, identify and elucidate five critical issues in the study of humility: defining humility, types of humility, measurement of humility, predictors and sequelea of humility, and the development of humility. This volume is an essential resource for anyone interested in the topic of humility.”—Dianne M. Tice, professor of psychology, Brigham Young University

Table of Contents

Introduction Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Don E. Davis, and Joshua N. Hook Part I: Theory, Definitions, and Measurement 1. Humility as a Moral Value Jeffrie G. Murphy 2. Humility from a Philosophical Point of View Robert C. Roberts and W. Scott Cleveland 3. Religious Perspectives on Humility Steven L. Porter, Anantanand Rambachan, Abraham Vélez de Cea, Dani Rabinowitz, Stephen Pardue, and Sherman Jackson 4. Intellectual Humility Ian M. Church and Justin L. Barrett 5. Political Humility: A Post-Modern Reconceptualization Everett L. Worthington, Jr. 6. Cultural Humility David K. Mosher, Joshua N. Hook, Jennifer E. Farrell, C. Edward Watkins, Jr., and Don E. Davis 7. Relational Humility Don E. Davis, Vanessa Placeres, Elise Choe, Cirleen DeBlaere, David Zeyala, and Joshua N. Hook 8. A Few Good Measures: Colonel Jessup and Humility Peter C. Hill, Elizabeth K. Laney, Keith J. Edwards, David C. Wang, William H. Orme, Annette C. Chan, and Frank L. Wang Part II: Predictors, Correlates, and Sequelae of Humility 9. Personality Predictors and Correlates of Humility Joseph Leman, Megan C. Haggard, Benjamin Meagher, and Wade C. Rowatt 10. A Social Psychological Perspective on Humility Daryl R. Van Tongeren and David G. Myers 11. Relational Predictors and Correlates of Humility: An Interdependence Analysis Jeffrey D. Green, Jody L. Davis, Athena H. Cairo, Brandon J. Griffin, Anna Maria C. Behler, and Rachel C. Garthe 12. The Humble Mind and Body: A Theoretical Model and Review of Evidence Linking Humility to Health and Well-Being Loren L. Toussaint and Jon R. Webb 13. Spiritual and Religious Predictors, Correlates, and Sequelae of Humility Mark M. Leach and Adebayo Ajibade Part III: Applications of Humility to Relationships and Treatment 14. Humility in Career Development Bryan J. Dik, Jessica Morse, Micah White, and Adelyn B. Shimizu 15. Humility in Romantic Relationships Rachel C. Garthe, Chelsea A. Reid, Terri N. Sullivan, and Brianne Cork 16. Fostering Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse and University Education C. Nathan DeWall 17. Organizational Humility and the Better Functioning Business Non-Profit and Religious Organizations Angela S. Wallace, Chia-Yen (Chad) Chui, and Bradley P. Owens 18. Boosting State Humility via Gratitude, Self-Affirmation, and Awe: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives Appendix A Peter M. Ruberton, Elliott Kruse, and Sonja Lyubomirsky 19. Humility Intervention Research: A Qualitative Review Caroline R. Lavelock, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Brandon J. Griffin, Rachel C. Garthe, Don E. Davis, and Joshua N. Hook 20. Humility and Psychotherapist Effectiveness: Humility, the Therapy Relationship, and Psychotherapy Outcomes Edward B. Davis and Andrew D. Cuthbert 21. Humility in Psychotherapy Steven J. Sandage, David R. Rupert, David R. Paine, Miriam Bronstein, and Christopher G. O’Rourke 22. Micro-aggressions and Cultural Humility in Psychotherapy Joanna M. Drinane, Jesse Owen, Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, and Everett L. Worthington, Jr 23. The Clinical Application of Humility to Moral Injury: An Exemplar of Positive Military Psychology Brandon J. Griffin, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Robert F. Dees, Laurel Shaler, John Benesek, Treven Pickett, Joshua N. Hook and Don E. Davis Epilogue Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Don E. Davis, and Joshua N. Hook Index

About the Editors

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, is the Commonwealth Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 35 books and 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, marriage, and family topics and religion and spirituality.

Don E. Davis, PhD, is assistant professor of counseling and psychological services at Georgia State University. He has published over 130 journal articles and scholarly chapters. His research focuses on humility, forgiveness, and religion/spirituality.

Joshua N. Hook, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Texas. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas. He has published over 150 journal articles and scholarly chapters. His research focuses on humility, religion/spirituality, and multicultural counseling

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health