The illusion that you are better than them

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According to Daniel Kahneman

to look at yourself as a point in the distribution is a very unnatural exercise; people actually hate doing this and resist it

According to Bertrand Russell

Perhaps instead of teaching manners, parents should teach the statistical probability that the person you are speaking to is just as good as you are. It is difficult to believe this; very few of us do, in our instincts, believe it. One’s own ego seems so incomparably more sensitive, more perceptive, wiser and more profound than other people’s. Yet there must be very few of whom this is true, and it is not likely that oneself is one of those few. There is nothing like viewing oneself statistically as a means both to good manners and to good morals.

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