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Science Says Making Better Decisions Starts With This One Fundamental Thing

In recent years, researchers have found that a concept known as “intellectual humility,” or the ability to recognize that outside perspectives may be required to fully understand a situation, is key to making better personal decisions. Now new research finds that people who sincerely aim to make themselves better people may excel at taking an objective look at themselves and their biases, which could also lead to better personal decision making and success in the long run. “Our findings suggest that people who value virtuous motives may be able to reason wisely for themselves, and overcome personal biases observed in previous research,” explains psychological scientist Alex Huynh of the University of Waterloo. “To our knowledge, this is the first research that empirically ties this conceptualization of virtue with wisdom, a connection that philosophers have been making for over two millennia.”

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