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Columnist David Brooks Reflects on Overconfidence

"We're an overconfident species," contends New York Times columnist David Brooks. Brooks calls it a "magnification of the self," and he believes this glut of self-esteem is especially rampant in the United States. To back up these claims, Brooks cites an array of statistics, studies, and observations:

  • When pollsters ask people from around the world to rate themselves on different traits, Americans usually supply the most positive self-ratings.

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