While the Best Doubt Themselves…….
If youíve known someone that was really bad at something who, mind-bogglingly, thought they were a genius, then donít despair.† It wasnít just them.
Studies show that the worse we are at something, the more likely we are to rate ourselves as outstanding.† This is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.
In a series of logical reasoning tasks, these two experimenters found that those with results at the bottom end of the bell-curve held inflated opinions of their performance and talents.† The bottom 25% of subjects on the test estimated that they would be better than 60% of participants.
The other astonishing finding is that those who score highest actually doubt their talents the most.
The simple explanation is that those at the bottom of the performance table donít actually know what good performance looks like.† They are uneducated and unaware of their errors and mistakenly interpret them as good outcomes.† This happens even when you compare their answers to the right answers before the test is graded.
So next time you come across a terrible leader, manager, driver, writer or speller, donít be surprised if they tell you they are wonderful.
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