RE: ADMIN: Re: OT How do I unsubscribe?.. reading directions

Subject: RE: ADMIN: Re: OT How do I unsubscribe?.. reading directions
From: "Brady, Joy" <JBrady -at- alldata -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 09:49:02 -0500

> John Cornellier wrote:
>
> Re. why people post unsubscribe msgs: they did not read the footer. Why
> not? Would any students on the list like to conduct a usability study and
> replace this speculation with fact? Meanwhile, here are my theories:
<snip>
> 3. Incompetence. Raise your hand if you've never pushed a door labelled
> pull.
(Oh yes, I've done that, and much worse! My old bank had matching
glass walls... well, you figure it out.)

I read a fascinating article yesterday about how incompetent people
rate their own performance highly. Studies were made where people performed
tasks, then rated their own performance. The least competent rated
themselves especially high. This lack of self-awareness likely perpetuates
their incompetence.

The most highly-competent tended to underrate themselves. This
changed, however, when they were asked to evaluate others. Their
self-evaluations usually went up after they'd witnessed others' performance.
Here's a chuckle: incompetent folks self-evaluations ALSO climbed after
observing others!

The folks in the middle accurately assessed themselves, BTW.

Perhaps some people aren't meant to become more effective, just to
be self-satisfied. Like being a cat, I guess. <g>

Joy

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