Dr Ishat Kalra, The Hush Post

Ever wondered about colleagues at work who think they are much better at work than they actually are? Or perhaps someone from your school or college behaved that way?

A phenomenon known as Dunning Kruger effect in psychology provides a valid explanation for this. Infact all of us are mostly inaccurate at evaluating ourselves but this is more pronounced in some individuals.

When psychologists Dunning and [Justin] Kruger first described the effect in 1999, they explained that people lacking knowledge and skill in particular areas suffer a double curse. First, these people make mistakes and reach poor decisions. second, those same knowledge gaps also prevent them from catching their errors. In other words, poor performers lack the very expertise needed to recognize how badly they’re doing.”

For example, how can someone know he’s a bad writer if he doesn’t know even basic spelling and grammar rules? People with a moderate amount of experience or expertise often have less confidence in their abilities.They know enough to know that there’s a lot they don’t know.

There’s a way to prevent all of this(if others have told you that you have this problem): First, ask for feedback from other people — and consider it, even if it’s hard to hear. Second, and more important, keep learning. The more knowledgeable we become, the less likely we are to have invisible holes in our competence.”

But that’s possible only if the person realizes what’s wrong with him.If you ever come across such a person,its better to ignore him and remember that its a normal phenomenon (now you’ve read this article.)

Dr. Ishat Kalra (Writer is a Resident from Psychiatry Department, Mental Hospital, Amritsar)


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