Stop bullshitting yourself about your technical knowledge

In my career I have come across many types of people that claim to have various degree of technical skills, the ones that I have a hard time with are the technical unskilled people that suffer from illusory superiority.

Have a look at the Dunning–Kruger effect which points out that the in effect is the result of internal illusion in the unskilled, and external misperception in the skilled. Where a cognitive bias wherein relatively unskilled people suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate.

Over the years I have developed a built in bullshit detector and aren’t afraid to call people out when they come across as bullshiter. So if you want my respect, stop trying to bullshit me – both about your technical know how or your superiority complex.

Be honest. If you don’t know something, say that you don’t know that will get you a more respect than trying to bullshit others with you quoting technical jargon and trying to befuddle with technobabble.

How would you know if you are technical unskilled, ignorance of standards of performance lies behind a great deal of incorrect self-assessments of competence, so make yourself a justice and self-evaluation as to where your technical knowledge compares and acquaint yourself with the Dunning–Kruger effect.

To conclude Dunning and Kruger proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:

  • fail to recognize their own lack of skill
  • fail to recognize genuine skill in others
  • fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy
  • recognize and acknowledge their own lack of skill, after they are exposed to training for that skill.

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