Why incompetent people think they're amazing - David Dunning

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  • Published: 09 November 2017
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    How good are you with money? What about reading people’s emotions? How healthy are you, compared to other people you know? Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that we’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities. David Dunning describes the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed   2 years back

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    • Marauder
      Marauder  3 weeks back

      It’s easy to avoid everything mentioned in this video. Cuz I know I’m bad at everything

    • Phát Lâm
      Phát Lâm  3 months back

      Why arent there any app for ted ed only ted

    • Tadamichi Kuribayashi
      Tadamichi Kuribayashi  4 months back

      I actually don't fit into the dunning-kruger affect. This is because my moral code halts me from believing I'm better than I actually am, which is hard, which is why I constantly underestimate myself in preparation. Sadly though, I actually participate way better than I could ever expect(according to other people) which leaves blankness in place of pride, which is also my goal(to not be prideful).

    • Neko Chan
      Neko Chan  7 months back

      If there were incompetent people then EVOLUTION WAS FALSE

    • BLÖRÖ
      BLÖRÖ  8 months back

      TED-Ed i under estimate myself all the time as i always say when i play games with someone i say your still better than me and sometimes when k dont mention that they always say im a legend now and then i beat them 1:6 so uhh yes

  • William Heyman
    William Heyman  8 hours back

    I was in the US Army from private to colonel, and I know that people can perform way above their modest background. The old poem goes that, "they said that it couldn't be done. But not knowing that, he went ahead and did it." People who have an over-inflated sense of themselves are the people who go ahead and do things. I would rather serve with people who are over-achievers than the people who know exactly what they can do and are modest under achievers.

    • John Milligan
      John Milligan  10 hours back

      How do we know Dunning and Kruger are as smart as they think they are?

      • Conner Broeker
        Conner Broeker  12 hours back

        What if I don't believe I'm good at anything

        • Bob Destroyer of English
          Bob Destroyer of English  18 hours back

          Then there's the other bad extreme of thinking you can't do anything to the point where you wonder why you should bother trying to do anything at all...


          Yeah, that's me. I wish I could be more confident, but I'm afraid of seeming cocky or being overconfident.

          • Harry Lagman
            Harry Lagman  18 hours back

            No wonder they think they're amazing... Some of them get invited to do Ted talks.

            Like this one

            • Waffle Lord
              Waffle Lord  2 days back

              Ignorance is temporary,
              Stupidity is forever

              • Stuart Lloyd
                Stuart Lloyd  2 days back

                Surely everyone knows this, but then again I've always been brilliant at this stuff.

                • gerad doyle
                  gerad doyle  2 days back

                  I will not use Patreon, that is smart, right?

                  • Rei Ackerman
                    Rei Ackerman  4 days back

                    Keep learning

                    • Terry O'Malley
                      Terry O'Malley  4 days back

                      Explains the abundance of dickheads! 😋

                      • Rtg Oxlv
                        Rtg Oxlv  5 days back

                        For example: Trump

                        • David Heller
                          David Heller  6 days back

                          How do we cure it?

                          • Alissa's Couch
                            Alissa's Couch  6 days back

                            Thank you so much for this video. Now I know just how worthless I truly am 😐

                            • IM The Whole Man
                              IM The Whole Man  7 days back

                              Wait one second. When did this change exactly because people used to underestimate themselves. Millennials

                              • Marc Ausländer
                                Marc Ausländer  1 weeks back

                                Isn't this a little paradoxical.?
                                If I am aware that I know nothing ( there is much to know) , and knowing this dunning Kruger effect , makes me think I know things and under estimating myself. This very understanding of underestimating could be a overestimation circles me back to initial state?

                                • mohan krishna rao
                                  mohan krishna rao  1 weeks back

                                  0:45 if i am getting so much anxious from here am i having ocd

                                  • Мариша
                                    Мариша  1 weeks back

                                    Очень здорово и понятно: "Я знаю как многого я не знаю"

                                    • EpicGamer69
                                      EpicGamer69  1 weeks back

                                      So is basically being edgy

                                      • Fabiana Benites
                                        Fabiana Benites  1 weeks back

                                        All I know, is that I know nothing.
                                        I am amazing, and I say that not to be better than anyone. The only one I compete with is myself, who I was yesterday.
                                        Being happy is a state of mind. I consider myself happy, and people see it.. I don’t have to “show it”, it’s part of my being.
                                        If being happy and “amazing” makes me different in the eyes of others, it’s not my job to change their perspective of me. They think whatever they want. For the ones who likes me and my company, I appreciate and like them back, if not.. no one is obligated to be around me. :)
                                        Someone can be amazing and intelligent, the ego is what makes them “not so smart”.. :)
                                        no matter how much you think you are smart, knowledge is a endless thing.. no one dies knowing everything..
                                        I know that one day I will die knowing that my “knowledge” is the size of a grain of mustard compared to what the universe has to offer.

                                        • A Di
                                          A Di  1 weeks back

                                          Always be optimistic!

                                          • R J
                                            R J  1 weeks back

                                            The fact that u think u r amazing , capable , smart , gives a boost to ur confidence , now imagine if u think u r. a dud , below average , mr know nothing , u would b a introvert , un happy personality ....... it only matter how u feel about ur self ..... if u feel u r amazing so b it .. besides there r lot of people in this world who will point out u r worthless .

                                            • Otto Normal
                                              Otto Normal  1 weeks back

                                              First I read 'why impotent people think they're amazing'. 😂

                                              • KeRen Tan
                                                KeRen Tan  1 weeks back

                                                One person who is really amazing is the animator

                                                • KeRen Tan
                                                  KeRen Tan  1 weeks back

                                                  Youtube is trying to tell me something.
                                                  I wonder what.

                                                  • Monroe Robbins
                                                    Monroe Robbins  1 weeks back

                                                    What about cultures that are different than western? Or what about people with anxiety or self doubt?

                                                    • Blind Squid
                                                      Blind Squid  1 weeks back

                                                      This mentality never ceases to amaze me.

                                                      • Jack Frost
                                                        Jack Frost  1 weeks back

                                                        "Everyone is critical of the flaws of others but blind to their own"
                                                        -Arabic Proverb

                                                        • Robert Illes
                                                          Robert Illes  1 weeks back

                                                          Confidence is just an idea. If you don't know how to do something, learn it. Confidence only delay you from learning. And if you know how to do something, that's called knowledge and skill, not confidence.

                                                          • gustavo
                                                            gustavo  1 weeks back

                                                            Donald Trump left the chat

                                                            • General Win
                                                              General Win  1 weeks back

                                                              I don’t think this is new knowledge

                                                              • Christen Denise
                                                                Christen Denise  1 weeks back

                                                                It's called Narcissism.....😋

                                                                • Jay S
                                                                  Jay S  1 weeks back

                                                                  A lot of competent people also feel the same.

                                                                  • Andersen Ong
                                                                    Andersen Ong  2 weeks back

                                                                    Is this the opposite of the imposter syndrome or something

                                                                    • Garden Bound By Love
                                                                      Garden Bound By Love  2 weeks back

                                                                      great closer.

                                                                      • Bharat Lalwani
                                                                        Bharat Lalwani  2 weeks back

                                                                        The trouble with most folks isn't their ignorance. It's knowin' so many things that ain't so.

                                                                        Josh Billings

                                                                        • Sheetal gupta
                                                                          Sheetal gupta  2 weeks back

                                                                          4:26 "What if other people are fooling you?" can be in itself an illusion.

                                                                          • Heman
                                                                            Heman  2 weeks back

                                                                            That's freakin creepy smiley face !

                                                                            • Reason and Emotion In Balance

                                                                              Gimel Bravo should see this video, urgently.

                                                                              • Uym O
                                                                                Uym O  2 weeks back

                                                                                But then again, are we talking about worldly intelligence or spiritual and mental intelligence?

                                                                                • Dude Man Bro!
                                                                                  Dude Man Bro!  2 weeks back

                                                                                  As a supervisor, we must remember that people don’t know what they don’t know. It’s best to teach AND ask how to be better.
                                                                                  Socrates said he is wise because he knows he knows nothing.

                                                                                  • ALL APPAREL
                                                                                    ALL APPAREL  2 weeks back

                                                                                    The title of this video are terrible

                                                                                    The is way of measurements perfectly suitable for computer artificial intelligence.

                                                                                    But definitely not the scale for humans .

                                                                                    • Hound19745
                                                                                      Hound19745  2 weeks back

                                                                                      That explains you know who

                                                                                      • nil -
                                                                                        nil -  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Maybe cos they’re even incompetent at rating themselves Edit: never mind the video says that at 2:38 lol

                                                                                        • Ga Young Seo
                                                                                          Ga Young Seo  2 weeks back

                                                                                          The real confidence is not to bend when one fails

                                                                                          • SyahBun
                                                                                            SyahBun  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Eren kruger.

                                                                                            • John Wood
                                                                                              John Wood  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Oops, I thought it was about the incompetent occupant 🙄

                                                                                              • sukisuzuki10
                                                                                                sukisuzuki10  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Before watching this I always found that the 2 things people over estimate are their height and intelligence