Most of us think we’re awesome and more often than not, we judge ourselves as better than average in most traits. We do this in all kinds of ways. You might believe you’re a better driver than you really are (after all, everyone else on the road sucks, right? You must be above average). Or you might think you’re a lot nicer than you are (other people are jerks). You might even see yourself as smarter than you are.
Psychologists call this illusory superiority. Illusory superiority is a cognitive bias that causes us to overestimate our positive qualities and underestimate our negative qualities. People tend to think their memories are better than they are, that they’re more popular than they are, or that they’re healthier than they really are. This basically explains why the less we know, the more we think we know. It’s a confusing phenomenon, but it’s incredibly common. –Thorin Klosowski

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the internal monologue of your protagonist to show how illusory superiority creates a blind spot.

Journaling Prompt: Do you have any experience with illusory superiority?

Art Prompt: Illusory Superiority

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the problem of illusory superiority and how it can warp our perception of reality.

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