"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

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Sun, Mar 26th, 2006 15:46 by capnasty NEWS

The more a person describes themselves as above-average, the more likely they're completely the opposite.

When asked, most individuals will describe themselves as better-than-average in areas such as leadership, social skills, written expression, or just about any flavor of savvy where the individual has an interest. This tendency of the average person to believe he or she is better-than-average is known as the "above-average effect," and it flies in the face of logic? by definition, descriptive statistics says that it is impossible for a majority of people to be above average. Clearly a large number of the self-described "above average" individuals are actually below average in those areas, and they are simply unaware of their incompetence.

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