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What feature unites all modest people?

Surely among your relatives and friends there arepeople who are particularly modest. They can have years of study at prestigious universities, acquaintances with celebrities and unimaginable financial successes, but these people do not want to brag about their achievements. But does this mean that they devalue their achievements, or is the reason for their secrecy completely different? Researchers from the US state of North Carolina decided to find out what the word "modesty" implies. It turned out that all modest people are united by one point of view.

Humble people are more valued in society

Revealing the common personality trait of all humblepeople engaged researchers Chloe Banker and Mark Leary, who work at Duke University (USA). They gathered a group of volunteers from 419 people, among whom were men and women of different ages, social status and character. All of them were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their personal achievements, which make them feel proud. They were also required to indicate how others should relate to them, provided that they are well aware of their life achievements.

What is modesty?

Subsequently, each participant in the experiment wasevaluated by psychologists at the level of modesty, narcissism and other personality traits. After examining the questionnaire, the researchers found that modest people do not devalue their achievements in life. But at the same time, they believe that their personal results should not affect the attitude of others to them. It follows from this that modesty is not a belittling of one's own virtues, but the confidence that success is not a reason for a special relationship with a person.

As the English diplomat and writer Philip Chesterfield said: “In pursuit of praise, the best bait is modesty”

This attitude to self-worth inscientific language is called hypo-egoistic rejection of the law, or hypo-egoic nonentitlement. Researchers examined this phenomenon in detail in an article published in the publication Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. In the future, a group of researchers wants to verify the accuracy of their statements during a larger study, with the participation of more volunteers. In addition, they plan to find out why modesty is so highly regarded in society.

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Why are people shy?

We would also be interested to know wheremodesty is taken, but scientists can not yet give an answer to this question. Perhaps this character trait is passed on to people by inheritance or is formed due to external influences. For example, in early childhood, a child may notice the modesty of his parents and unwittingly learn from them that no matter how successful he is, other people should not treat him better than others.

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There is also the possibility that modestyarises due to problems at school. The fact is that if a child is harassed by peers, a lot of changes occur in his head. Even if you consider that bullying at school can lead to poor performance and lead to failure in adulthood, many children can achieve great success. But at the same time, they can understand that their results are not something supernatural, and other people are not required to treat them with special respect.