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