Illusory Superiority

Illusory superiority (also known as the above-average effect, superiority bias, leniency error, sense of relative superiority, primus inter pares effect, and the Lake Wobegon effect) is primarily a term used in social science which indicates an individual who has a belief that they are somehow inherently superior to others. They have the tendency to overestimate their own capabilities in relation to the abilities of others. First used by Van Yperen and Buunk in the 1990s, this is most commonly seen in people who are convinced that they are smarter than anyone else around them.

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