The Quiet Ego Scale: Measuring the Compassionate Self-Identity

Heidi A. Wayment, Jack J. Bauer, Kateryna Sylaska

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The quiet ego refers to a self-identity that transcends egoism and identifies with a less defensive, balanced stance toward the self and others. Study 1 establishes and confirms the 14-item Quiet Ego Scale (QES) as a higher-order latent factor (capturing the theoretical intersection of four first-order factors: detached awareness, inclusive identity, perspective taking, and growth). In studies 2–4 we examined the association of QES with 25 psychological constructs. Results demonstrate that QES is related to a wide range of characteristics and suggest that the QES measures an identity that strikes a balance between a strong sense of agency (but not egoism) and a strong concern for the welfare of others. Although QES was correlated with a number of related characteristics (e.g., self-compassion, self-determination, authenticity, self-transcendence), it was a distinct predictor of outcomes such as resilience, coping efficacy, and indices of well-being that could aid investigations of human happiness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)999-1033
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2 2015


  • Compassion
  • Egotism
  • Humility
  • Mindfulness
  • Quiet ego
  • Self-identity
  • Transcending self-interest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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