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  1. Unconsciously – so as not to bear responsibility. In which case – “What about me? I'm not a specialist, my bribes are smooth, I just blurted out because I really wanted to. I'm small, don't scold me.”

  2. There is a well-known “Dunning-Kruger Effect” — people of high intelligence and skill usually have low ideas about their abilities, when as low-skilled specialists they usually have a high opinion of themselves. The scientific value of the findings of this study is limited, but its content reveals some important features.

    First, there are no clear standards for who is considered a specialist and who is not. Economics teacher-is he an economist or not? Is a person who writes websites, scripts, and programs just for themselves a programmer or not? Who has lived in England for three years-a native speaker of English or not? Everyone has their own answers to these questions. Including the heroes of these questions.

    Secondly, researchers have noticed such a paradox — the better a person understands the subject and evaluates the skills of other people, the worse they evaluate themselves. And all because he is able to imagine the ideal specialist and compare it with himself. The ancient philosophers used to say, ” I know I don't know anything.”

    From myself, I will add a third factor — the bedding of straw. A satirist is a humorist who can make a simple joke. If a comedian is not sure that he can amuse the crowd, then he calls himself a satirist, defending himself from all sorts of fakes and accusations of boredom. This is exactly what any “sofa expert” does. If an error is found in his reasoning, he can always say: “What did you want, I'm a sofa one?”

  3. I don't fully agree with the answers, and I'm even very sure that this is often not the case, relying additionally on the experience of communicating with users in order to fill out a profile.

    People came here to have fun. This is not a question of responsibility, it is a question of dividing up areas of activity. And they are required to write about their profession.

    If a person spent 8-16 hours as an economist, and then came to read and answer some random questions, then perhaps he just doesn't want to make pretentious statements like “economist”, he is resting from the role of “economist”.

    There is another factor – people think up a lot of fiction based on the completed profile, so some people try to discredit this profile, reduce its importance for readers.�

    There are not only jokes in the profile, but also gender changes in the profile, recently asked – why? I wrote:

    One of the reasons, here somewhere one girl wrote in the answer. Her answers on behalf of men are perceived differently. That is, people trust men's answers more if they are not specifically female topics. Men are more likely to engage in meaningless arguments if a woman answers.

  4. I think that if I understand you correctly, belittling is a manifestation of the fact that a person considers it necessary to report about himself. The perception of one's qualifications through various belittling tropes is a desire to inform you that one's qualifications in these areas are, in one's own opinion (in the speaker's opinion) insufficient. I will assume that there are several motives:

    1. Showing politeness. If you immediately report that your knowledge is incomplete and may be erroneous due to experience, then the person may draw appropriate conclusions that your opinion should be perceived as possibly correct. For some, this is sufficient, while others need the opinion of a person who has been studying the issue for quite a long time and fruitfully.
    2. The desire not to be subjected to excessive questions not related to competencies. You can read quite a lot of texts about how people suffer from being asked questions that do not correspond to their qualifications. You can find this genre by searching for “Tyzhprofessional” (tyzhprogrammist, tyzhurist, etc.). By the way, this strategy doesn't always work.
  5. I will write about myself-yes, “a little pilot”. And really a little-I don't drive Boeings across the ocean, I fly for myself and friends on a 4-seat Cessna. I know the basics of aviation sciences (aerodynamics, meteorology, physiology), I can explain the basic things, but I'm not an expert. I also know something about ” big ” planes – both from test pilots and from my job as a Boeing employee.

  6. This is all connected with the so-called information war. It comes from the West. Its goal is to use the Internet to control the entire world and shape public opinion. To do this, the Internet uses super-expensive social networks such as facebook and Twitter for a song, creates an environment for bloggers, and includes spyware and other tools in the software. But most importantly, to brainwash the population, specially hire Internet trolls and bloggers. To make their work effective, they often work under pseudonyms. Hence the names.

  7. Well, on your own example. You can read what is written in my status above this response. Many people have hobbies and interests that are much broader than what a person is a professional at. I believe that a responsible person should make it clear to those who listen to him or read that in this matter he is not a professional but an interested amateur. Since professionalism provides not only and not so much encyclopedic knowledge, but experience, which the amateur either does not have or it is well, quite one-dimensional.

  8. Why they immediately “belittle” you. I would say that this is just a way to emphasize my versatility without risking trust: I am a programmer, a political scientist, an economist, and an expert on everything in the world – so I am all interesting, well – educated and well-versed in everything, but if I am wrong, then do not judge strictly-I am an amateur programmer, a nedopolitologist, an economist a little bit, and the expert, as it turned out, is a couch potato.

  9. I won't say it for everyone, but I'll tell the morgue for myself.
    First of all, I wanted to add a little humor to my profile.
    Second, I don't want to join the crowd of “PhDs in economics,” “practicing psychologists,” and “math teachers.” Because somehow it turns out that the more pretentious a person's phrase is, the more likely it is that they will write some nonsense.
    No, there are people who write that they are psychologists and the answers show that the person understands. But how many are there? The fingers of one hand will be enough to count them.
    But pathetic incompetent people…
    The same is true in economics, and, apparently, in any other topic.
    So, my phrase is such a messy way to distance yourself from the second.

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