Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence In season four of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Paul Rudd plays a wealthy businessman named Bobby Newport who runs for city council because he’s looking for something “easy” to do. He is asked … Continue reading Elites and competence
You Are Not as Good at Kissing as You Think. But You Are Better at Dancing Do you think you are an above-average driver, as most people do? How do you compare with others as a parent? Are you better … Continue reading Overconfident or underconfident?
“National narcissism” is rife, finds survey of 35 countries How important is your country, really? It’s a pointed question, especially with Brexit looming and the reinvigoration of nationalistic movements in the U.S. and EU. So it feels like a fitting … Continue reading National overconfidence
Why You Should be Worried About Underconfidence Sometimes it happens that people change the world without intending to. Most of us are capable of more than we imagine. When Steve Wozniak dropped out of UC Berkeley and founded Apple Computer … Continue reading The consequences of underconfidence
People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more We all know someone who is convinced their opinion is better than everyone else’s on a topic … Continue reading Belief confidence
Study of long-term heterosexual couples finds women over-estimate and men underestimate their partner’s sexual advances Imagine that, during a quiet evening at home watching a movie with your romantic partner, you feel intense sexual desire and sensually put a hand … Continue reading Gender overconfidence
Behavioural economics reveals the irrational decision-maker in all of us Humans are pretty complicated creatures — but that hasn’t always been reflected in the influential field of economics. Economic models based on assumptions we are fully emotionless have, however, given … Continue reading Economists are not normal