There’s a fascinating article at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments. This is the sort of essay that makes you wonder about yourself. Just in case you weren’t already wondering. Or in case you thought you were more self-aware than maybe you really are, which – according to this – you wouldn’t realize. And even worse, you’ll read this article and think that it’s not about you. Ouch.
” … when people are incompetent in the strategies they adopt to achieve success and satisfaction, they suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it.”