In my quest to explore cognitive biases, I stumbled upon an especially interesting one:
It lets people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they actually are. Their own incompetence and lack of mental ability prevents them from recognizing just how incompetent they really are. They simply lack the level of self-awareness that's necessary to see their own mistakes.
It's basically the opposite of the Imposter Syndrome which leads you to underestimate your own abilities.
Now, if you had to choose between the Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Imposter Syndrome, which one would you prefer to have? (It's like taking the red or the blue pill. There's no going back.)
Be smart but kind of miserable because you're always doubting yourself.
Be dumb but mostly happy because you're not even aware of how dumb you are.
That's an interesting one!
Has somebody ever done a survey on this? I'd love to know what people prefer.
It's tempting to follow the dumb and ignorant route. No more nagging thoughts about the big WHY, and what should I do with my life, and how can I be better ...
Just enjoying every moment and going nowhere in particular. Who cares if I make a difference in this life? Compared to the magnitude of the universe it means nothing.
No ... this seems wrong ...
I take the smart route.
(Totally nailed that Matrix reference without actually having seen the movie 🤪 ... it's been on my to-watch list for too long)