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Dunning-Kruger effect

[ duhn-ing-kroo-ger i-fekt ]
/ ˈdʌn ɪŋ ˈkru gər ɪˌfɛkt /
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noun Psychology.

the theory that a person who lacks skill or expertise also lacks the insight to accurately evaluate this deficit, resulting in a persistent inflation of estimated competence in self-assessments.

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Origin of Dunning-Kruger effect

First recorded in 2000–05; named after David Dunning (born 1950) and Justin Kruger, U.S. social psychologists, following their article “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments” (1999), and defined by Dunning in his article “The Dunning–Kruger Effect: On Being Ignorant of One's Own Ignorance” (2011)

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