Under Trump, The United States Faces An Epidemic Of Dunning-Kruger – The Intellectualist
Unfortunately, people like Donald Trump are “the least likely to accept criticism or show interest in self improvement.”
The rise of President Donald Trump has brought with it a rise in Americans’ awareness of a psychological phenomenon called the Dunning-Kruger effect — when a person’s incompetence breeds boastful hubris rather than humility.
From The Washington Post:
It’s not a disease, syndrome or mental illness; it is present in everybody to some extent, and it’s been around as long as human cognition, though only recently has it been studied and documented in social psychology.
In their 1999 paper, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, David Dunning and Justin Kruger put data to what has been known by philosophers since Socrates, who supposedly said something along the lines of “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” Charles Darwin followed that up in 1871 with “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Put simply, incompetent people think they know more than they really do, and they tend to be more boastful about it.