What Values You Hold Determines Your Tolerance: Research Says

What Values You Hold Determines Your Tolerance

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A team of researchers at the University of Bath explored how important what values you hold are. The study is published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

The Study

The researchers recruited 303 participants, divided them into groups, and asked the participants to discuss the merits linked to tuition fees in education. All discussions were recorded and analyzed. After the debate, half of the group was asked to write about the life values they perceive as important.

The Findings

The results revealed that the process of self-reflection over important values inspires intellectual humility and openness to the views of others. Reflecting on your values, in fact, makes you more prosocial and amicable, as well as enhances your ability to form happier relationships.

The researchers elaborated: “Our research shows that strategies promoting virtuous attitudes by means of value affirmation improve people’s ability to learn from each other. Ours is an intervention whose implementation in schools and universities can also make an important pedagogical contribution to students’ education.

To Know More You May Refer To

Hanel, P. H. P., Roy, D., Taylor, S., Franjieh, M., Heffer, C., Tanesini, A., & Maio, G. R. (2023). Using self-affirmation to increase intellectual humility in debate. Royal Society Open Science, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.220958

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