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Overconfidence can benefit your career

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Research shows overconfidence can raise your status even if you don’t have the skills to back it up. A paper on the subject by Jessica Ken­­nedy of Vanderbilt University and Cam­­eron Anderson and Don Moore of UC Berkeley attempts to explain this phenomenon.

The authors claim overconfidence leads to greater peer-rated social skills and greater peer-rated task ability even if your ability is average. It comes across as the demonstration of leadership, resulting in reduced anxiety for people around you.

Talkativeness and active engagement is something people with overconfidence have that people with greater ability might not. Over­­con­­fi­­dence inspires initiative and collaboration.    

— Adapted from “It Pays to Be Overconfident, Even When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing,” Matthew Hutson, NYMag.com.

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