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Dunning-Kruger Effect

Category
Psychology
Related
Egocentric BiasIllusion of Explanatory Depth
Dunning-Kruger Effect

Definition

The phenomenon that unskilled people assess their ability at a task to be much higher than it is, and that highly skilled individuals often underestimate their own abilities.

Origin

First described by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger in 1999. The bias results from "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others (source)."