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Do you possess the skills needed to recognize your own incompetence in any area?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19455points) December 6th, 2019

Dunning–Kruger effect Wikipedia

The Dunning-Kruger Effect – Cognitive Bias – Why Incompetent People Think They Are Competent

What areas are you sure that you don’t know much about? Humor welcome.

For example I don’t know fashion sense or English grammar, and Calculas.

What areas of study or topics do you know that you are not an expert in?

Can you suggest a book or video that I can read to know more about the Dunning–Kruger effect?

Is this like charisma vs. expertise in Dungeons and Dragons?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Some I am aware of, others not.
If there is an interest,or if it is vital to my well being, I’ll definitely try to improve. If not, then I will just have to learn to go on…
is there an instructional pamphlet for that?
I can tell you that I will never care about calculus or cooking but I do have to cook sometimes so I accept my incompetence knowing full well I could improve that if I’d only apply myself!
If only…. :)

ucme's avatar

Cooking…she’s going to say cooking…damn, too late :D

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme I sent your wife some recipes

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Oh great, that’s the end of that stove!

Patty_Melt's avatar

Dang. I’m just pretty gosh darned good at everything, but let me see if I can come up with something.

Major appliance repair
Playing musical instruments
Rapid dexterity
Making new friends

cookieman's avatar

That is pretty much my main skill — recognizing my own incompetence.

Pinguidchance's avatar

My D-I-Y trepanning was a breeze, and the extra ooze and ozone means I’m now more intelligent.

So much so that I call in experts for just about everything: I think of them as my champions.

Who wouldn’t find an occasional bride and groom of the stool a fortuitous happenstance.

dabbler's avatar

I am a very good amateur musician, and I can definitely tell the difference between my skills and those of the best players of my instrument.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Incompetence is only temporary since if one wanted to become competent one just needs practice.
It depends on what is important to one.
I could had been….( fill in the blanks)..
I had lots of could had, but not interested in those anymore.
I like what I do now at my own pace and own timeline,and enjoying it.

raum's avatar

I’m good enough to know what I’m not good at—in the areas where I’m actually good at something.

In areas where I have no experience, I don’t have a critical eye. I’m just clueless.

RabidWolf's avatar

I’m intelligent enough to know what I can do, and can’t do. So, if I can’t physically do that something I don’t do it.

seawulf575's avatar

Some things I am good at, some I know I am not. Some I think I am good at until I get elbow deep into them and reality smacks me right between the eyes.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Sports and religion. I was not adept nor did I have any interest in either. At a very early age I formed opinion that it was more important for me to spend my time and brainpower doing other things, like: homework, reading, talking with friends, walking the dog, cutting the grass, doing the laundry, ... pretty much anything else.
Even today, I have less than no interest in going to a house of worship or a sports bar to watch the “big game.” My eyes glaze over when friends start talking about players and stats. I’m sure that’s how they feel when I start rambling about the merits and demerits of synthetic options and iron condors.
Fortunately we all are interested in science and engineering.

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LogicHead's avatar

To recognize your competence in an area is to know that you know enough, not that you know all or know perfectly. On that topic many have had the rule to “know or know where to look”—that would be full competence

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