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… because society trains us not to hurt others’ feelings, we rarely hear the truth about ourselves — even when it’s well deserved. And that can be a problem for overly self-confident people who carry around inaccurate, overly positive perceptions of how others view them…
There are many times when overconfidence carries serious consequences.
“Overconfident doctors and lawyers might offer their patients or clients poor advice,” she said. “There are ways in which overconfidence is dangerous, and it might be important to set aside politeness in the service of helping people avoid the perils of overconfidence.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where an overconfident character provides dangerous advice.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you know who is overconfident.

Art Prompt: Fear of Speaking Up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Find a true example of dangerous overconfidence and weave it into an informative piece about lack of truthful feedback.

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