Psychology of Underestimation - Deepstash

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Why do we underestimate others and things?

People may underestimate others for various reasons, and it's important to note that these reasons often say more about the perceptions and biases of the individuals making the judgments rather than the actual capabilities of the person being underestimated.

Here are some common reasons why people might underestimate someone


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Lack of Visibility

- If others have limited exposure to your skills, accomplishments, or capabilities, they may underestimate you simply due to a lack of awareness.


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Stereotypes and Biases

- Stereotypes and biases can influence how people perceive others. Pre-existing stereotypes about gender, age, race, or other factors may lead to underestimation.


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Insecurity or Jealousy

- People who feel insecure or jealous may be more inclined to underestimate others as a way to protect their own self-esteem or preserve their sense of superiority.


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Limited Context

- If others only see a small part of your abilities or achievements, they may underestimate your overall capabilities, not having a complete picture.


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Misinterpretation of Confidence

- Confident individuals may be perceived as overconfident, leading others to question their competence. This misinterpretation can result in underestimation.


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Unconventional Paths

- If you've taken unconventional paths or have a unique approach, some people may struggle to understand or appreciate your methods, leading to underestimation.


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Lack of Credentials

In some situations, people may underestimate others who lack conventional credentials or formal qualifications, even if they have clear skills and expertise.


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