I didn't realize "competent" was a personality type but sure, makes sense.
"Social norms, Ehrlinger says, are the reason that we are averse to giving negative feedback. Her research recreated everyday social situations in which we hold back from giving our own negative views."
Somebody introduce her to the internet so she can test her hypothesis... perhaps on
Not much to disagree with in your posting. However I would add this - it seems to be increasingly common to find that people treat thinking as actively painful. I'm not often left speechless but I'll give you an example of a time when that was my reaction.
I was a member of the governing board of an organization which held about $2 million in assets. All the board positions were unpaid but had legal liability attached. I had the following conversation with the treasurer:
Her: I don't like talking with you [about the affairs of the organization].
Me: Why is that?
Her: Because you keep challenging my beliefs.
Me: Well is it possible that at least some of the time I am right?
Her: Oh you usually are.
It's not just England. IIRC the schools in my province do not assign letter grades for the first several years of school. The teachers also actively resist standardized testing. How nice - a job where it isn't possible to tell whether or not you are doing it.
Perhaps coincidentally this attitude seems to have grown alongside the "let's not point fingers" attitude that refuses to assign responsibility for failure - at all ages. After all it's disruptive to "the team" and teamwork and all pulling together to harness our efforts blah blah blah retch...
"I just want to be a good engineer." -- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, concluding his keynote speech at the 1988 AppleFest