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Posted by Bruce on November 12, 2002 03:59:33 UTC

you are a contentious crackpot with delusions of grandeur and very low metacognitive stills.

This fits you perfectly (if I were interested in psychology you might be interesting).
People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in
many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that
this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are
unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do
these people reach erroneous conclusions and make
unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the
metacognitive ability to realize it. Across 4 studies, the authors
found that participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests
of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test
performance and ability. Although their test scores put them in
the 12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the
62nd. Several analyses linked this miscalibration to deficits in
metacognitive skill, or the capacity to distinguish accuracy
from error. Paradoxically, improving the skills of participants,
and thus increasing their metacognitive competence, helped
them recognize the limitations of their abilities."

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