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157. Mental Health & The Male Hubris, Female Humility Effect

There's something called the "male hubris, female humility effect." And it's really a thing. It means that men tend to rate themselves higher on self-reported intelligence compared to women. How does this impact mental health? There's a lot to consider here. We'll talk about this effect and its relationship to intellectual humility and imposter syndrome. We highlight the importance of intellectual humility when it comes to wellbeing and how balancing humility and hubris can prevent rigidity and promote emotional flexibility. Tune in to find out where you might sit on this continuum and how you can cultivate balance to feed your wellbeing.


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Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab

00:40 Introducing the Male Hubris, Female Humility Effect

00:57 Understanding Imposter Syndrome

01:45 Exploring Intellectual Humility

04:52 Personal Anecdotes and Intellectual Humility

06:29 The Middle Way: Balancing Rigidity and Flexibility

12:36 Practical Tips for Embracing Uncertainty

14:56 Closing Thoughts and Wisdom  

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