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Why we think we're good at something when we're not

Reality TV shows, like American Idol, are a good example of how we all have a hard time accurately evaluating our abilities. People often think they are good at their job or have a talent, such as singing, because of the feedback they receive from employers, family and friends. Too often that feedback is vague and does not offer any suggestions for improvement. It is much easier to tell someone they are doing a good job instead of being honest and risk hurting their feelings.
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