|Screenshot of standout quote from the Ars article.|
A nice summary
of this CranioRectal Inversion phenomenon
at Ars Technica:
In 1999 a pair of researchers published a paper called "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments (PDF)." David Dunning and Justin Kruger (both at Cornell University's Department of Psychology at the time) conducted a series of four studies showing that, in certain cases, people who are very bad at something think they are actually pretty good. They showed that to assess your own expertise at something, you need to have a certain amount of expertise already.[. . .]A large pile of research on various groups of people, covering various skill sets, indicates that in the face of all evidence, humans are irredeemably optimistic about their own abilities. That is, by itself, not such a bad thing. The ugly side shows up when we also realize that the norm must be maintained. Studies show that we do this by considering that everyone else is much worse. Being clueless about your own abilities is one thing. Misjudging other's abilities is relatively more serious.
Please visit the concise (not too long) and
well worth reading article in its entirety HERE.
(After Hurricane Matthew and the storm of the POTUS election,
I needed a bit of a break from blogging.
A few more posts regarding cognitive biases
that often play into spiritual abuse
still wait in the wings.)