Contemplating Dunning-Kruger.December 13, 2022
I've been contemplating the Dunning-Kruger effect .
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias whereby people with low ability, expertise, or experience regarding a certain type of task or area of knowledge tend to overestimate their ability or knowledge. Some researchers also include in their definition the opposite effect for high performers: their tendency to underestimate their skills.
This idea boils down to the fact that I'm knowledgeable in a very few specific niches and in many other silos prob not the best.
Furthermore, I think the more we loathe something the more likely we are to overestimate our ability and thus show more carelessness to that specific topic.
For instance, I bought a house for all the typical reasons but also as an investment. Later though I learned that I prefer a digital nomad lifestyle. And thus this investment has turned out a be a bit of a headache. I'm not a great home seller, more because I loath the home and thus want to think about it as little as possible.
Or in a common case engineers love to build a startup but may not know they should be validating it first and building it's brand.
An analogy for the feeling I was having while contemplating the Dunning Kurgger the effect is as follows.
Every person gets a view of the same stage but we are all viewing the performance with different lights on and off.
Thus each person has a specific view of a situation such as business or interpersonal relationships etc.
The anxiety I felt though is as successful as I've been, I've allowed myself to drift from my main goals (Successful Business/Financial Freedom/Art) which I now realize maybe because I lack the knowledge and insight to make these dreams and goals a success (although things like chance still play into this).
A solution in our analogy
The goal here would be increasing you're IQ/EQ/Knowledge resulting in more illuminated lights on stage, we could also think about each light or field of thought/knowledge to be brighter the higher percentile performer you are but never quite covering lesser lights.
On increasing the stage lights.
Now this contemplation in me lead to a bit of anxiety. Figuring out
Short Form Read and Writing
I'd have to say short-form learning through reading or media consumption (think Twitter or TikTok) does not lead to critical thought and is more passive consumption or regurgitation of ideas.
One activity successful people have is reading. Getting into this mindset allows our brain to slow down and digest complex ideas in a way that doom scrolling and manic switching between social media apps doesn't allow for.
Lastly, I think communication of ideas in the modern world such as tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram stories/posts and TikTok, etc do not serve in illuminating our stage.
Each idea is condensed to its most myopic form and then thrown into a blender for our consumption leading us to bounce between echo chamber rooms of thought without ever forming any novel ideas.