still on my switch buzz and now they are talking about the situation known as positive illusion. what it boils it down to is that we think we are better than we are. for the most part, i think they’re correct. i know lots of people who downplay their ability but i wonder if they are just doing that as a facade or if they really don’t think much of themselves. what is it about us that doesn’t allow us to honestly appraise? you would think that an educated adult would know themselves better than anyone (a point they make in the book), but often relative strangers can more accurately assess us with very little contact. odd, and a bit unsettling. professionally, why do so many teacher NOT want to be video taped? why don’t professional developers want to see footage of themselves facilitating a group? does it have to do with vanity? not really important…but what is important is the idea that, like athletes, we need to study the tape. we need to see ourselves as others see us so that we can perhaps get a better read on ourselves and what we do.
do you think that there is a phenomenon for negative illusion? is there a population or situation when people tend to devalue themselves? as teachers, how can we both build a positive self image but tap the breaks before we unknowingly lay the groundwork for a positive illusion?