In my posts on the Gorilla Illusions, I point out some of the cognitive biases that can seriously affect the way we work with knowledge, namely
- The illusion of memory - how much we overestimate what we can a) notice and b) remember
- The illusion of confidence - how much people value knowledge from a confident person.
- the Illusion of Knowledge - the way we overestimate how much we know - how ignorance drives confidence.
This effect can be behind some of the perpetual problems that beset project management, such as the universal trend for wishful thinking, or of being blind to unknown risks.
Now there is a way of testing online your illusion of confidence - what the authors of the test call "risk intelligence" but what is really your appreciation of your own levels of knowledge, and therefore your susceptibility to the third gorilla illusion.
Take the test here (the basic test is free), and let me know, as comments on the blog, what score you get! It will be interesting to see whether, as knowledge managers, we fit the normal distribution or not.