“In his new book, “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know,” organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains why it’s so important for people to be humbler about their knowledge and stay open to learning and changing their minds. ”
- Confident humility is being able to say, “I don’t know and I might be wrong,” or “I haven’t figured it out yet,” which is essentially believing in yourself but doubting your current knowledge or skills.
- One is what psychologists call “cognitive entrenchment,” which is when you have so much knowledge in an area that you start to take for granted assumptions that need to be questioned.
- A second barrier is motivation: “I don’t want to rethink; I’m comfortable with the way I’ve always done things.
- The third reason is social. We don’t form beliefs in a vacuum. We generally end up with opinions that are influenced by and pretty much similar to the people in our social circles. So, there’s a risk that if I let go of some of my views, I might be excluded from my tribe, and I don’t want to take that risk.