April 30, 2019

People tend to be overconfident about . . .

  • Using a computer
  • Being a reliable friend
  • Being a good husband or wife
  • Avoiding falling for a fraud
  • Getting an animal to like them
  • Controlling their emotions when it’s useful to do so
  • Driving
  • Having interesting conversations
  • Winning a game of trivia
  • Kissing

People tend to be underconfident about . . .

  • Predicting which sports team will win
  • Saving the human race from destruction
  • Dancing
  • Driving a racecar
  • Running long distances
  • Quickly reciting the alphabet backward from memory
  • Playing soccer
  • Painting a portrait
  • Making a billion dollars
  • Knitting a sweater

SOURCE:  New York Times, 4/7/19