Dunning-Kruger Effect ...

Over the weekend I encountered a tweet that highlighted someones incompetence by likening their efforts to the Dunning-Kruger effect. Take the time to read the linked wikipedia article. It gives a great summary of other sites discussing this ego-centric condition.

Put simply, it describes individuals who are self deluded regarding their actual level of ability (namely their level of incompetence). Typically overestimating their competence in a given subject. I am sure we have all been mistaken at some point regarding our relative abilities. This effect, seems to promote the idea that someone who is within the terms of this effect:

  • persists in the idea that they are capable
  • seems to be impervious to any external information to the contrary
  • operates at a relatively low level in relation to the actual skill in question

So ... now that you know about the Dunning-Kruger Effect and safely assuming that it applies to the author of this blog. Do you know anyone that should be credited for their full adherence to Dunning-Kruger.

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