Two Cornell University psychologists have proven that the worse someone’s skill and knowledge levels are, the more arrogant they are.
Two Cornell University psychologists have concluded from their research that the worse someone’s skill and knowledge levels are, the more arrogant they are.
Justin Kruger and David Dunning published a research paper on this idea in 1999, and it has become known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.
Through a series of experiments involving university students and their actual versus perceived abilities in grammar, logic, and humor, they showed that those students performing the worst had the highest opinion of themselves. Meanwhile, the students who did best displayed the greatest humility and doubt that they beat out as many of their classmates as they did.
Apparently, the not-so-bright don’t realize their mistakes, but through education and competence training, they begin to have a more realistic estimate of themselves
Kruger and Dunning also reference other research that shows this effect extends to everyone from hunters and doctors to business managers and politicians. While charisma could help them get to the top, they might still lack the actual competence to perform well.
What do you think? Do you agree with this theory?