Why half-knowing people often overestimate themselves

Again and again we meet people who consider themselves particularly competent, although they actually have no idea. This phenomenon of overconfidence is called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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We probably all know them: self-proclaimed football experts who watch the game from the couch but believe they are the better coach. Or amateur virologists who are convinced that they can predict the development of the corona crisis.

This phenomenon of overconfidence is called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Researchers David Dunning and Justin Kruger found that the less a person knows about an area, the more likely they are to overestimate themselves in that area.

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That sounds paradoxical, but it can be explained. If you know little about a topic, you also cannot know how good or bad your skills are.

The dangers of this overconfidence and more, you can find out in the video above!

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