Lunchtime Links: People misperceive overconfidence as actual ability

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The blog Stumblingandmumbling has come across an interesting research paper on self-confidence.

Pointing out that self-confidence is often related to social class and therefore hereditary, it notes that: 'even small differences in initial confidence can result in diverging patterns of

human capital accumulation between otherwise identical individuals,' and that, 'a moderate degree of over-confidence can be beneficial in terms of the accumulation of human capital over the life course."

Stumbling and mumbling puts it more succinctly: "People misperceive overconfidence as actual ability. The overconfident job candidate is thus more likely to get the job than the more rational one."

Now is not the time to hide your light beneath bushels.

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Soon there may be people in what was Chez Gerard. (Telegraph)

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