19 February 2008

A study in tightness confirms mission of Tighten Up Report

My pal Calin (pronounced kAYe-lin) suggested I post this article from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Justin Kruger and David Dunning of Cornell University (clicking opens .PDF):

Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

Even its title conveys it's an ultimate study in tightness. I like to read this article every now and then to remind myself that the failures of individuals (and/or institutions) might not be founded solely in sheer idiocy, but rather founded in a comedy of errors that has culminated in the complete inability to function at acceptable levels. This article points out the paradox which arises as honest self-assessment is achieved by an individual with such an inflated ego: they may actually gain the ability to more accurately gauge their future performance.

So let this be a lesson to ourselves and others to be true and mindful of how much we are winning or sucking at life.

Related: "5 Douchebag Behaviors Explained By Science"


Pepper said...

with science on our side, we cannot lose

Pete said...

I love that the tightness is spreading...