Why The Smartest People Can Make The Dumbest Mistakes


It’s good to be smart. After all, intelligent people earn more money and accumulate more wealth, but there’s another side to the story. Intelligent people have a reputation for making dumb mistakes, especially in situations that require common sense. Scientists are now discovering that rational thinking and intelligence don’t tend to go hand in hand. That’s because smart people are more prone to silly mistakes because of blind spots in how they use logic. These blind spots exist because smart people tend to be overconfident in their reasoning abilities. They’re so used to being right and having quick answers that they don’t even realize when they’re blowing it by answering without thinking things through. In fact, there are several common ways in which smart people manage to shoot themselves in the foot.
  • Smart people are overconfident. A lifetime of praise and pats on the back leads smart people to develop an unflappable faith in their intelligence and abilities. 
  • They always need to be right. Being right all the time becomes a part of their identity, while being wrong can feel like a personal attack. 
  • They have a hard time accepting feedback. That’s because they believe that no one is qualified to give them useful feedback. 
  • They push people too hard. They develop overachieving personalities because things come so easily to them and simply don’t understand how hard some people have to work to accomplish the same things. Because of that, they push people too hard.