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Associations between humility, spiritual transcendence, and forgiveness

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The chapter examines statistical associations between measures of humility, spiritual transcendence, and forgiveness in a convenience sample of college students in the United States. Although there exists a large body of literature about religiousness-spirituality and forgiveness, much less empirical research documents the measurement or functions of dispositional humility - the quality of being more modest, humble, and self-effacing than immodest, arrogant, or conceited. Broadly, humility involves an accurate assessment of one's own characteristics, an ability to acknowledge limitations, and a forgetting of the self". Humility also involves relinquishing one's own arrogant or narcissistic tendencies and viewing oneself realistically in relation to others. In support of the spirituality-forgiveness hypothesis, spiritual transcendence (ST) correlated positively with attitudes toward forgiveness and likelihood of forgiving. The prayer fulfillment and universality facets of ST appeared to be responsible for the association between overall ST and forgiveness.

Keywords: forgiveness; humility; religiousness-spirituality; spiritual transcendence (ST)



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