Magazine article Work & Family Life

So Ignorance Truly Is Bliss. How Scary Is This?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

So Ignorance Truly Is Bliss. How Scary Is This?

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Have you ever wondered: Does that person have any clue as to how truly incompetent he (or she) is? The answer is: Apparently not.

Psychology researchers David A. Dunning of Cornell University and Justin Kruger of the University of Illinois have found that the skills required for competence are the same skills necessary to recognize competence. Thus, the inept suffer on both counts.

"Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it," Drs. Dunning and Kruger reported in the Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology.

In fact, in a series of tests of logic, English grammar and humor, Drs. Dunning and Kruger found that the subjects who scored lowest were most likely to "grossly overestimate" how well they had performed while those who scored higher were more likely to underestimate their competence. …

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