Mind-Reading and Metacognition: Narcissism, not Actual Competence, Predicts Self-Estimated Ability

  title={Mind-Reading and Metacognition: Narcissism, not Actual Competence, Predicts Self-Estimated Ability},
  author={D. Ames and Lara K. Kammrath},
  journal={Journal of Nonverbal Behavior},
In this paper, we examine the relationship between people's actual interpersonal sensitivity (such as their ability to identify deception and to infer intentions and emotions) and their perceptions of their own sensitivity. Like prior scholars, we find the connection is weak or non-existent and that most people overestimate their social judgment and mind-reading skills. Unlike previous work, however, we show new evidence about who misunderstands their sensitivity and why. We find that those who… Expand

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