Sunday, March 22, 2009

Surprising Power of Neighbor's Advice

"When we want to know our emotional futures, it is difficult to believe that
a neighbour's experience can provide greater insight than our own best
guess," Professor D.T. Gilbert and his colleagues said.

When asked why people make this systematic error of not believing a neighbor's avice, Gilbert said, "My best guess," he told us, "is that we overestimate our uniqueness and thus don't think that other people's experiences can tell us much about our own."

Want to know how you'll feel ? Ask a friend

I wonder if people have to learn how to overestimate their uniqueness, and how this judgment pattern affects learning rates in schools?