On a scale of one to ten, chances are you think you’re a seven. You’re not alone! Truth is, we all tend to think pretty highly of ourselves. For example, in a classic 1977 study, 94% of professors rated themselves above average relative to their peers. Another study found that 30% of software employees believe their performance is better than 95% of their colleagues.
Likewise, drivers consistently rate themselves above average, even when a hazard perception test shows them to be, in reality, quite awful. These data point to a startling, yet pervasive, reality: when compared with others, we all think we’re pretty good people.