Think you're special? That just proves you're normal | Oliver Burkeman
Your intelligence, your creativity, the degree to which the world has mistreated you are all normal and less quirky than you think.
Most people think they're above average drivers or they are unbiased. Or they believe they are special in a negative way. This all is known as illusory superiority.
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