Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Diaper Mentality

Many Kenyan adults, in spite of their age, display a ‘DIAPER MENTALITY’. They seem unable or unwilling to take charge of their lives, or act responsibly.

The Diaper Mentality stems from the Dunning-Kruger Effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect states that the less people know, the more they think they know.

Unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate.

This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.

The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration and miscalculation of the highly competent stems from an error about others.

As a result, such people- with a Diaper Mentality- remain unaware of their incompetence and accordingly fail to take any self-improvement measures that might rid them of their incompetence.

People fail to grasp their own incompetence, precisely because th

ey are so incompetent.

And since overcoming their incompetence would first require the ability to distinguish competence from incompetence, people get stuck in a vicious cycle of the Diaper Mentality.

Unfortunately, people with a Diaper Mentality are ever self-opinionated and only stomach views by their "opinion leaders."

The Dunning Kruger effect largely contribute to warped and subjective reasoning that breeds the Diaper Mentality.

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