Social Class and Overconfidence

Yesterday I deactivated my Twitter account for a variety of reasons, but mostly because, like Facebook and, really, the rest of social media, it is a wasteland of intellectual and moral squalor.

One of the highlights of my time on the site, however, was following Alfie Kohn. Late last spring, he tweeted (and that ghastly verb, a kind of baby talk, really, was another salient reason for my bolting the site) this highly technical but fascinating paper, entitled “The Social Advantage of Miscalibrated Individuals: The Relationship Between Social Class and Overconfidence and its Implications for Class-Based Inequality,” gleaned from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Anyone who has watched the show Schitt’s Creek or pondered the presence of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the highest levels of the United States Government will instantly recognize the issues addressed in this difficult-to-read but edifying study.

If nothing else, it is timely.

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