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Experts Aren’t Always Right: Why You Need Critical Thinking

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A recent study suggests that even when experts feel very confident, their answers might not be accurate. On ‘Psychology Behind the Headlines’, hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest therapist Ryan Heapy discuss how overconfidence can affect people in all fields.

Experts and Overconfidence

Research shows that experts can be overconfident in their answers, even when incorrect. This suggests that confidence isn’t always a reliable indicator of expertise.

Why Overconfidence Happens

Experts who have mastered their fields may overestimate their knowledge in other areas. It’s also possible that poorly designed studies lead to inaccurate findings that experts then endorse.

The Importance of Critical Thinking

It’s important to remain open-minded and consider multiple perspectives, especially when making important life decisions. Don’t be afraid to question experts or seek out second opinions when dealing with complex issues.

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