This is a great post about related to one of my favorite cognitive biases – the Above Average Effect (that makes most people overestimate their performance or qualities). The Dunning-Kruger Effect explains why we do such a poor job at estimating our own performance and also explains why, the more you know about a subject, the more realistic you become in assessing yourself. Makes a very educative read! Enjoy!


The Misconception: You can predict how well you would perform in any situation. The Truth: You are generally pretty bad at estimating your competence and the difficulty of complex tasks. Imagine you are very good at a particular game. Pick anything – chess, Street Fighter, poker – doesn’t matter. You play this game with friends all the time, and you always win. You get so good at it, you start to think you could win a tournament. You get online a … Read More

via You Are Not So Smart