posted on Feb, 28 2012 @ 02:38 PM
Good thread and I am wondering if this "No child left behind" or nobody fails and everyone gets a trophy just for being here today has anything to
do with these findings.
The results are uniform across all the knowledge domains: People who actually did well on the test tend to feel more confident about their performance
than people who didn't do well, but only slightly. Almost everyone thinks they did better than average. "For people at the bottom who are really
doing badly — those in the bottom 10th or 15th percentile — they think their work falls in the 60th or 55th percentile, so, above average,"
Dunning told Life's Little Mysteries. The same pattern emerges in tests of people's ability to rate the funniness of jokes, the correctness of
grammar, or even their own performance in a game of chess. "People at the bottom still think they're outperforming other people.
Well if you have never lost a competition and have had to stand by on the sidelines while your Victor is getting praised and awarded for a job well
done, then yes I think this might apply.