I want you all to add a new phrase to your vocabulary (other than assmarmot and twatwaffle, which should already be there):
“He really Dunning-Krugered that one!”
Confused? Wondering what the hell a Dunning-Kruger is? Think I’m just making up words now? Well kids, it’s my favorite cognitive bias (wow…nerd alert).
According to Wikipedia, “The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering 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” (Read the original study here)
Simply put, people suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect are unskilled and unaware. That’s right, it’s a double-whammy of ineptitude.
As many of us embedded in the dog world know, people Dunning-Kruger it all the time. That guy who insists that he’s the best dog trainer in the world and yet can’t get a decent down-stay out of his own dog? The woman in an online forum who always has (bad) advice to shove down peoples’ throats? The craptastic breeder who insists that her dogs are the best despite having no titles? That 19 year old dude who says he’s a dog training expert? (pro tip: 19 year old dudes aren’t experts on anything, except maybe consuming large amounts of food…and masturbation).
What do all these people have in common? They’re totally Dunning-Krugering it.
As many trainers can probably tell you, unskilled dog owners are easy to work with. They can be taught and most are eager to learn. But if they’re unskilled and think they’re the best thing to happen to the dog world since martingale collars? Watch out. These are the people who will literally drive you to the point of madness as you beat your head against the proverbial wall trying to deal with them as they merrily perch on the top of “Mt. Stupid”.
So the next time a know-it-all dog owner/trainer/groomer/breeder pisses you off with their unwavering (over)confidence, just smile, nod, and chalk it up to good ‘ole Dunning-Kruger.
**So minions, any experience with the Dunning-Kruger effect? Found any good ways to combat it? Just need to vent? Share below!**