BJJ and Psychology: The Relational Humility Scale

Researchers in the psychological community have come up with a relational humility scale– from what I understand, basically a way to quantify the level of humility a person possesses. Which does sound odd at first, but becomes more interesting the more you think about it. Humility is sort of like that one quote from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, you just know it when you see it, and its varying degrees.

I would be interested to see this scale applied to the BJJ community, and what sort of results they would find: humility in relation to success in competition, longevity in the sport, at what rank do students possess the most humility, the least, etc.

What do you guys think? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!




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One response to “BJJ and Psychology: The Relational Humility Scale

  1. If we use one of their terms, “Accurate view of self,” I would argue that our reality-based training is the *thing* that makes a jiu-jiteiro more likely to be humble than the general population. There’s very little space inside your head where you can hide behind a big ego when you’re constantly training. However, jiu-jitsu builds confidence, which is not an antonym to humility, so to map this out for BJJers we’d need to somehow include confidence levels into the humility equation and find a way to describe the relationship between the two. Thanks for the post!

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