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Ambiguity and self-evaluation: the role of idiosyncratic trait definitions in self-serving assessments of ability
When people are asked to compare their abilities to those of their peers, they predominantly provide self-serving assessments that appear objectively indefensible. This article proposes that such… Expand
Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself
- D. Dunning
Thales's Lament: On the Vagaries of Self-Assessment. Ignorance as Bliss. Clues for Competence. The Dearest Teacher. False Uniqueness. In a Word. The Merest Decency. Beyond One's Self. Reflections on… Expand
A newer look: Motivated social cognition and the schematic representation of social concepts.
- D. Dunning
In this article, I argue that the basic building blocks of social cognition, the schemata people possess of social traits and concepts, are shaped by motivations to retain flattering images of the… Expand
Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence
Successful negotiation of everyday life would seem to require people to possess insight about deficiencies in their intellectual and social skills. However, people tend to be blissfully unaware of… Expand
Trait Importance and Modifiability as Factors Influencing Self-Assessment and Self-Enhancement Motives
- D. Dunning
- 1 December 1995
People's search for information about the self is governed by motives of self-enhancement (seeking feedback to the extent that it will be favorable) and self-assessment (seeking accurate feed-back… Expand
The child in the eyes of the jury
This article reports three experiments that examine how mock jurors respond to the testimony of a child witness as compared to the testimony of a young adult and elderly witness. In Experiment 1,… Expand
Depression, realism, and the overconfidence effect : are the sadder wiser when predicting future actions and events ?
Do depressed individuals make more realistic judgments than their nondepressed peers in real world settings? Depressed and nondepressed Ss in 2 studies were asked to make predictions about future… Expand
Evaluating others : The role of who we are versus what we think traits mean
Three studies explored the relative roles of the self and self-serving definitions of social traits in social judgment. In Study 1, participants evaluated the applications of prospective college… Expand
Unconscious transference and mistaken identity: When a witness misidentifies a familiar but innocent person.
Considering the Situation: Why People are Better Social Psychologists than Self-psychologists
Are people better self- or social psychologists when they predict prosocial behavior? Why might people be more or less accurate when predicting their own and others' actions? In two studies,… Expand