Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between defensive high self-esteem and inability to recognize one's own incompetence. It is hypothesized that individuals displaying defensive high self-esteem will be most likely to show a high correlation between lack of skill and lack of awareness. Participants were assessed for defensive high self-esteem using the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The unskilled-unaware construct was identified through comparison of prediction versus actual performance on a curriculum-scheduled exam. The null was rejected at p = .01, indicating the likelihood that defensive self-esteem can or does play a role in inability to recognize one's own incompetence.
BF1 .M63 v. 11 no. 1 2005
Wilson, Kim and Smith, Christine
"Unskilled-unaware and the role of defensive high self-esteem,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 11:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol11/iss1/5