Faulty Self‐Assessment: Why Evaluating One's Own Competence Is an Intrinsically Difficult Task

  title={Faulty Self‐Assessment: Why Evaluating One's Own Competence Is an Intrinsically Difficult Task},
  author={T. Carter and D. Dunning},
  journal={Social and Personality Psychology Compass},
  • T. Carter, D. Dunning
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Social and Personality Psychology Compass
  • People’s perception of their competence often diverges from their true level of competence. We argue that people have such erroneous view of their competence because self-evaluation is an intrinsically difficult task. People live in an information environment that does not contain all the data they need for accurate self-evaluation. The information environment is insufficient in two ways. First, when making selfjudgments, people lack crucial categories of information necessary to reach accurate… CONTINUE READING
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