Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing

How competent are we? Are they? Are any of us? Do we want to know?


Research suggests that we’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we tend to overestimate our own abilities. Psychologists call this phenomena – the Dunning-Kruger effect.


Video via – TED-Ed
Further Readings And References @ Sparkonit, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Pacific Standard

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20 thoughts on “Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing

      • Tish Farrell January 23, 2018 / 2:16 pm

        I’m also thinking if so many people think they are efficient and capable when they’re not, then this explains all the bonkers interchanges one has with people who think they are providing services – when they’re not 🙂


        • Marilyn Armstrong January 23, 2018 / 2:33 pm

          It probably does. They seem so SURE they know what they are talking about … and they obviously are completely CLUELESS. Maybe all those absurd tech support calls really CAN be ascribed to incompetence and stupidity. I’m not sure if that makes me feel better.

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  1. Covert Novelist January 23, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Sadly, I’ve run into this as well…uuum it’s my body I know what it does on a day to day basis… I know what it can handle and yet…you think you know better! hmmm. Nope! There are many clueless ppl in the world that think they know all.

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  2. swo8 January 23, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    If I don’t trust myself, who can I blame?


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 23, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      usually, you just click the arrow in the middle of the frame. Didn’t it show up properly? You can always go to their original site.


  3. fromsandyknob January 23, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Sometimes I think that the less I say to or about incompetency, the better off I am…. No need to antagonize the hopeless… sometimes they do take umbrage.. and reply “Oh, you think you are so smart.””””


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