Honest Self-evaluation and Jumbo Shrimp

Dear Mosaic Family,

Are you funny? You're probably not as funny as you think. 

Psychologists David Dunning Justin Kruger, supplied scientific evidence that incompetence is bliss with their famous study, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments,” which appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dunning and Kruger staged a series of experiment to show that honest self-evaluation is a contradiction in terms. In one experiment, they asked 65 test subjects to rate the funniness of certain jokes. They then compared each test subject’s ratings with those of eight professional comedians. Some of the participants repeatedly couldn’t predict what others would find funny—yet described themselves as excellent judges of humor (not unlike Michael Scott in The Office). Although less colorful, Dunning and Kruger’s other experiments—involving grammar and logic—yielded similar results. They write, "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains... they hold overly optimistic and miscalibrated views about themselves."

Incompetence, the study demonstrated, represents a "dismaying troika of cluelessness: Incompetent people don’t perform up to speed, don’t recognize their lack of competence, and don’t recognize the competence of others.

If growth can't happen apart from an honest self-evaluation, and we can't give ourselves an honest self-evaluation, then how are we supposed to grow? How are we supposed to change if we don't think we need to? Great question.

This is exactly what we'll be talking about tomorrow as we look at the second part of Nehemiah 2, where Nehemiah spends time closely evaluating the brokenness of Jerusalem's walls, prior to coming up with a plan for restoration. Join us tomorrow!

Praying for you,
Pastor Jan




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