SHATTERING COGNITIVE BIAS

Nov 8, 2023

The Value of Psychometric Assessments.

Others trust you but you don’t trust yourself! Imposter syndrome is the internal psychological experience of feeling like a phony in some area of your life, despite any success that you have historically achieved or are likely to achieve in future.  In contrast,  the Dunning–Kruger effect results in an overestimation of ones ability, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

In both scenarios, one’s cognitive bias is a barrier to self-growth. Similar to the theory of unconscious competence and mastery, we don’t know what we don’t know, until we do, and sometimes … we need some help getting there.  Psychometric assessments play a pivotol role in just this … navigating our psychological biases to enable greater self-awareness and self-understanding.

Here’s how:

  1. Self-Awareness – Psychometric assessments can unearth what is unconscious and provide individuals with objective data about their skills, abilities, and knowledge. This enables accurate understanding of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, thus reducing the likelihood of capability over or under-estimation.
  2. Benchmarking – Psychometric assessments enable benchmarking against defined norms and standards.  Ever wondered how capable you really are?  A comprehensive psychometric assessment will give you a clear reference point.
  3. Feedback – Real, honest, transparent psychometric feedback on personality and capability themes and trends, (provided by a qualified professional) will highlight blind-spots, unconscious biases, future potential, and strengths to capitalise on. 
  4. Performance Reviews – Psychometric data can be integrated into performance reviews and discussions. It can serve as a basis for constructive conversations about individual strengths and development areas.
  5. Decision Making – In hiring and promotion decisions, psychometric assessments provide valuable information about an individual’s actual, rather than projected or perceived skills and capabilities.
  6. Competency Modelling – Psychometric assessments, aligned to internal competency models and success criteria enable the selection, development and retaining of talent in accordance with strategic objectives.
  7. Cultivating a Learning Culture – Organizations can promote a culture of continuous learning and self-improvement through self-assessment, formalised assessment, and linkages to internal learning opportunities.

Mastery in any field requires a deliberate movement from the unconscious to the conscious, in simple terms, self-awareness and self-insight, acknowledging and then embracing what you don’t know.  It is the conscious understanding of your character, capabilities, emotions, desires, strengths, and weaknesses and is the cornerstone to becoming more and being more.  We provide foundational tools, to assist on the journey, psychometric assessments being just one of them.  Interested in the journey?  Contact us – meetus@jp.co.za.