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UBC-DIBS Seminar f. Dr. Don Moore (Dec 3)

Dr. Don Moore shares research from his book “Perfectly Confidence: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely” […]

UBC-DIBS Seminar

The Psychology of Confidence

Dr. Don Moore

Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, UC Berkeley
& Author of “Perfectly Confident

Friday, Dec. 3, 10-11am PT
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Reading the self-help literature could leave you with the impression that the goal in life is to maximize your confidence.  On the other hand, research on overconfidence highlights all the ways in which people can get themselves into trouble by being too confident.  I will examine evidence on the psychology of confidence, considering the dangers on both sides.  Overconfidence leads people to delude themselves with wishful thinking, take too many risks, pursue impossible goals, and waste their time on doomed ventures.  Underconfidence dissuades people from taking risks that would pay off and scares them away from trying things that would succeed.  The evidence highlights a promising middle way between these twin dangers.  

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