This is the scariest of all cognitive biases.
The quality of every decision we make in our lives depends on how good we are at thinking clearly.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴-𝗞𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁”?
When you suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect, you underestimate how much you don’t know about a subject.
You overestimate your expertise about a specific subject.
On the flip side, if you are an expert in a subject, you will underestimate how much you know about that subject. No matter how much you read about it, it’ll never be enough.
This bias affects all areas of our lives.
People, who lack expertise, let this bias control their lives, and don’t realize the need to constantly develop their reasoning abilities.
They don’t feel the need to learn.
Often, such people stop learning after they hit a certain age.
Even talking about this bias in front of someone may cost you your relationship with that person.
Everybody tries to portray themselves as experts these days.
The more you become an expert at something, the more you realize how much there is to explore.
You realize how much you don’t know you don’t know. And you also realize how much you know you don’t know.
But people suffering from “The Dunning-Kruger” don’t know that they don’t know.
They don’t feel the need to be helped when they are the one who need the most help.
So, they somehow end up becoming their own enemy, preventing their own growth!
𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙢, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙭 𝙞𝙩.
In short: Experts think they aren’t experts yet. While amateurs become overconfident, thinking they are experts.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 ✍️
• Just realize that there is an ocean of knowledge that humans are totally unaware of.
Just because we don’t know something, it’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a good thing. Because it only means that there is a huge room for new perspective and ideas.
• Associating your sense of worth based on how much knowledge you have gathered is a waste of mental energy because it only harms in the long term.
• Knowledge must only be pursued out of genuine curiosity, not out of pride or obligations. Otherwise, the pursuit becomes dangerous. Because any amount of knowledge will never be enough 🙂
• Finally, fearing The Dunning-Kruger is a waste of time as well.
The competence of a person is always subjective to the person assessing it.
And even experts need to learn all the time, so it’s a lifelong process.
Learning never ends.
And that’s the beauty of life!
Have you ever felt this cognitive bias?
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