Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing

David Dunning, for Ted-Ed, explains the Dunning-Kruger Effect, a cognitive bias in which incompetent people tend to rate themselves as far more proficient than they truly are.

I also find the converse very interesting, experts who think they’re not exceptional. The least & most skilled groups are both incapable of evaluating their own skills.

Dunning also wrote  a great piece for Pacific Standard  on the phenomenon. To me the standout quote is:

The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge.

That sure doesn’t sound like anyone I know. Oh, and remember if you think  you’re impervious to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, that’s a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.


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