1 week ago
TGIF! Armed with a blueberry radler, today I am talking about something I love in the field of psychology: the Dunning-Kruger Effect!
It was first published in 1999 by psychologist David Dunning and his grad student Justin Kruger under the name "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments." In simple terms, the dumber you are, the smarter you think you are. Bad drivers think they're good. Boring people think they're funny. You all have this dumb coworker who's way more confident than you and you wonder why though?
The main reason is simple. Those people lack metacognition. It's practically impossible for them to take a step back and question themselves, so they don't. They just don't have any problems. You, on the other side, you suffer the consequences on the road, at work and in your life in general because of their mistakes.
If you self-doubt a lot, that may be a good sign. If you're humble and you know that you don't know a lot, that's great! Socrates said it first: "I know that I know nothing", and we still praise his wisdom 2400 years later.
If you legit think without a doubt that you're smart and this Effect is not about you... well, you might want to think again-oh wait, that's right, you don't know how to put yourself in perspective.
Have a good weekend my friends, be humble and spread the wisdom! As for myself, I'll just go sip my radler. Cheers!
June 3rd 2019
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