Need a favour? Approach a humble person, for a study says that they are more likely to provide help than their arrogant counterparts.
Researchers at Baylor University in the US have carried out the study and found that humility is a positive quality with potential benefits, the Journal Of Positive Psychology reported online.
Lead author Wade Rowatt said: “The research indicates that humility is a positive quality with potential benefits. “While several factors influence whether people will volunteer to help a fellow human in need, it appears that humble people, on average, are more helpful than individuals who are egotistical or conceited.”
In their study, the researchers attempted to find out just what personality traits contributed to people being helpful.
To test the humility-helpfulness connection, the researchers recruited college students who listened to a recording about a fellow student who had injured a leg and could not attend class regularly.
Participants were then presented with an unexpected opportunity to help this person in need. They were asked how many hours over the following three weeks they could meet with the student to give help. Humble students offered more time.