Monday, February 11, 2013

Word of the Day: Illusory superiority

Illusory superiority: Adj. A cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their positive qualities and abilities and to underestimate their negative qualities, relative to others. This is evident in a variety of areas including intelligence, performance on tasks or tests, and the possession of desirable characteristics or personality traits.  The is also know as the Lake Wobegon effect, named after Garrison Keillor's fictional town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average".

Ex. The poll shown below is an example of parental illusory superiority.

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