Archive for January, 2011

The Dunning-Krueger Effect & Today’s Arrogant Media

January 31st, 2011 No comments

It seems to me that there are a lot of aggressive, arrogant words these days.  Not just on blog comments, but also in the press.  People are short-tempered, self-centered, and would rather preach than listen.  And oddly, most of us are aware of this already, and yet nothing seems to change.  Perhaps the Dunning-Kruger effect can be offered as an explanation of why this is.

Have you ever noticed that when you speak with an “average Joe” on a topic at a superficial level, they are quick to offer direct, absolute answers to any problem?  “All you need to do is this, and BANG, problem solved”.  Now compare that with the typical responses from Joe Expert, trained over twenty years to deal with just such issues:  “Well, it’s not so simple, because when you do this, that tends to happen, causing even more problems”.

Average Joe knows his answer will work, despite a lack of information.  Joe Expert knows the simple answer won’t work based on years of experience, but his comments aren’t appreciated in most media, as the long-winded answer tends to cause people to tune out.

Researchers Justin Kruger and David Dunning recognized this, and built a some clever experiments to document it.

You can read more about it here: Dunning-Kruger Effect.

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Distorted Thinking

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Do you have any thought habits that prevent you from being as effective as you could be?  It is very likely you do, as we all tend to have aspects of this to some degree.  Here is a great list of cognitive distortions that we should all be aware of, and wary of, in our day-to-day processing.

Distorted Thinking

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Happiness Factory

January 25th, 2011 1 comment

Just for fun!

Happiness Factory

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How can you awaken your creativity?

January 24th, 2011 No comments

Write to Done has compiled a wonderful list of tips and tricks to unleash, expand, and train your creativity.

Awaken your creativity
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Get fit and get happy

January 10th, 2011 No comments

This article has a ton of practical advice on getting in shape and the effect it can have on your enjoyment of life.  Worth the five minutes.

Tips for making exercise a routine.

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward

January 9th, 2011 No comments

This is an oldie but a goodie, a commencement address by Steve Jobs.

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