Sep 12, 2022
How hard would it be to just be modest?
** WHAT IS MODESTY? **
Modesty is a highly-valued attribute in Western Society (Eagly & Acksen, 1971; Jones & Wortman, 1973; Leary, 2005; Schlenker, 1980).
The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines modesty principally as "the quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities" (Pearsall, 2001). Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines modesty principally as "freedom from conceit or vanity" and modest as "placing a moderate estimate on one's abilities or worth; neither bold nor self-assertive" (Mish, 1991).
Finally, Webster's New World Dictionary defines modest principally as "not vain or boastful, decor-ous, not extreme, unpretentious" (Guralnik, 1984). Moreover, synonyms for, or close associates of, the term modesty feature prominently in the English lexicon.
Terms loading positively on this "extra" dimension included unpretentious, unfeigning, and undeceptive, whereas terms loading negatively on it included posed, cunning, and pom…