Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Neat-o psych effect

Found this while looking for something else.  It's a Psychology thing, called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Basically, people who aren't very skilled at something over-estimate how good they are (relative to other people), because they don't understand the activity enough to know how much they suck.

Meanwhile, people who are skilled tend to under-estimate their abilities -- because they think that other people find the task as easy as they do.  (And, I would say, because their greater understanding allows them to better see the gap between what they are doing, and how it should be.)




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