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You Are (Probably) Wrong About You

August 12, 2012

This is hard to take for all of us – we aren’t as accurate about ourselves as others are. I would think though that this feedback needs to come from a larger group to gain accuracy – i.e. a consensus opinion.

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/you_are_probably_wrong_about_y.html?cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-weekly_hotlist-_-hotlist080612&referral=00202&utm_source=newsletter_weekly_hotlist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hotlist080612

Update 8/17/12 — I did a little more searching and found that this appears to be a profit-seeking approach and that the author of this blog post has a financial interest at stake here. I can’t support this although the concept is certainly correct. This information wants to be free! One shouldn’t profit from this!

From the site:

“If you want to be more successful — at anything — than you are right now, you need to know yourself and your skills. And when you fall short of your goals, you need to know why. This should be no problem; after all, who knows you better than you do?

And yet your own ratings of your personality traits — for instance, how open-minded, conscientious, or impulsive you are — correlate with the impressions of other people (who know you well) at around .40. In other words, how you see yourself and how other people see you are only very modestly correlated.

Who’s right? Who knows you best? Well, the research suggests that they do — other people’s assessment of your personality predicts your behavior, on average, better than your assessment does. The truth is, we don’t know ourselves nearly as well as we think we do. When it comes to performance, our surprising self-ignorance makes understanding where we went right and where we went wrong difficult, to say the least.”

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