The Dunning-Kruger effect

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"The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding." Continue reading »


I highly suggest a quick read on this amazing study. I must admit I question my own placement into its theories but the mere exercise of doing so prevents falling to it. Studying psychology has helped me understand roles of leadership in more clarity. A suggestion for those in startups, Silicon Valley or leadership positions.

Unless you're just a complete psychopath, studying psychology should be used for "white hat" purposes only.

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