New York Times News Service
On the contrary. People who do things badly are usually supremely confident of their abilities - more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.
The researchers say that one reason why the incompetent tend to be so blissfully self-assured is that the skills required for competence are often the same skills necessary to recognize competence in the first place. Subjects who scored lowest on tests of logic, English grammar and humor were also the most likely to "grossly overestimate" how well they had performed. With this deficiency in self-monitoring skills, "not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it," the article said.
Furthermore, the "most incompetent individuals being less able to recognize competence in others" only served to further inflate their estimates of their own abilities.
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