People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more | Research Digest

The researchers distinguish “belief superiority” from “belief confidence” (thinking your opinion is correct). Belief superiority is relative – it is when you think your opinion is more correct than other people’s; the top end of their belief superiority scale is to indicate that your belief is “Totally correct (mine is the only correct view)”.

The pair set out to find people who felt their beliefs on a variety of controversial political issues (things like terrorism and civil liberties, or wealth redistribution) were superior, and to check – using multiple choice quizzes – how well they were informed on the topics about which they held these superiority beliefs.

Source: People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more – Research Digest

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