Exaggerated Beliefs

Throughout our lives, we are encouraged to love ourselves, to understand our worth, to be more confident, etc. At what point does this turn into overestimating our capabilities in certain areas? 

Many people would describe themselves as above average in intelligence, driving, and a variety of other skills. This level of confidence could be beneficial when we need a boost to get through our day. But, what and who, are we using as our measuring stick to come up with these exaggerated beliefs? It can be challenging judging our competence when there is not a set standard or definition.

Imagine going on a job interview. Most likely, you’re going to say you have what it takes to get the job done. But, are you sure? Your level of performance will eventually be revealed.

Many people often believe that they are better at their jobs than their colleagues. Not only can this be annoying, but it can lead to disastrous results.

The opposite occurs for those with extensive knowledge. They assume that everyone else is knowledgeable too, and tend to underestimate their abilities.

We can compensate our self-perceptions by asking others for advice and constructive feedback, as well as training and educating ourselves in the areas where there are deficiencies.