The photo above is of the new South African Finance Minister, a major sufferer from Dunning-Kruger syndrome, showing off his mentality by wearing a full South African Airways Captain’s uniform when he has never flown a plane in his life. This was while he was ‘governing’ SAA.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.
Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability, and external misperception in those of high ability: “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”
While this has always been a standing international joke regarding African political leadership, it is now rampant in North America, too, where three things have exacerbated the prevalence of this disease: the “Politically Correct” cancer that has been propagated by out-of-control Cultural Marxism, along with egalitarianism, the false doctrine that all people and all races are equal (implying intelligence and culture), and the poisonous, one-sided Affirmative Action that has spiraled out of control in North America. Obama is an obvious example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.
This three-part video series (r/K selection theory) elaborates further on the far-reaching consequences of the toxic partnership between egalitarianism and Cultural Marxism, particularly Part Three.
It behooves thinking business owners to take heed of this phenomenon when selecting employees.