Monday, October 10, 2005

Incompetent people

I wonder if they are talking about me...

Incompetent People Really Have No Clue, Studies Find
They're blind to own failings, others' skills

Erica Goode, New York Times

Tuesday, January 18, 2000

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There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them.

Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent.

On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.

``I began to think that there were probably lots of things that I was bad at, and I didn't know it,'' Dunning said.

One reason that the ignorant also tend to be the blissfully self-assured, the researchers believe, is that the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence.

The incompetent, therefore, suffer doubly, they suggested in a paper appearing in the December issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

``Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it,'' wrote Kruger, now an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, and Dunning.

This deficiency in ``self-monitoring skills,'' the researchers said, helps explain the tendency of the humor-impaired to persist in telling jokes that are not funny, of day traders to repeatedly jump into the market -- and repeatedly lose out -- and of the politically clueless to continue holding forth at dinner parties on the fine points of campaign strategy.

In a series of studies, Kruger and Dunning tested their theory of incompetence. They found that subjects who scored in the lowest quartile on tests of logic, English grammar and humor were also the most likely to ``grossly overestimate'' how well they had performe


Blogger Abu Yusef said...

Sounds like some people I know of in the old casa blanca... or on a certain website...

Abu Yusef

11:26 PM  
Blogger The Grunt said...

Incompetent people don't recognize their own and other's incompetence, hmmmn? This would explain all of the idiots that my boss hires. You get another problem with those who are very competent, but hyper-aware of their deficiencies. They lack the self confidence to implement their minds and talents.

I wish the world would be able to recognize better, the fruits that people bare. If incompetent people exude confidence, and confidence is a major deciding factor in choosing leaders, how does a humble, competent person win in this world? I know that there are plenty of balanced individuals in the world, but it pains me to see idiots mucking around with important things. Currently, we see maleovence cloaked in patriotism, led by incompetent crusaders. They are sustained by the ignorant and anxiety ridden masses. It would be nice if people would listen to those with considerate minds, for a change.

10:49 PM  

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