Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Integrity - How honest do we rate ourselves

I read this article and realise that this is so true. Perhaps, reading this article will help us to evaluate why we failed in the various aspects of life without realising it. Or why certain areas of our life that is consistently hit the brick wall. It could be work performance, personal life, relationship, etc... Please do read it on and make an honest evaluation of self.

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The integrity of the upright will guide them...
Proverbs 11:3 NKJV
Psychologists speak of an integrity blind spot in each of us which is called 'the self-serving bias.' Here are some examples of it: 800,000 high school students were asked whether they were above or below average. Now if they were accurate they'd have split 50-50. Guess what percentage rated themselves below average? Zero! 20% rated themselves in the top 1%! This self-serving bias extends to every area. The majority of people in the hospital suffering from crashes that they themselves caused, rated themselves as above-average drivers.
You might think that education would make us more honest and self-aware, but no. 88% of college professors rated themselves above average; 25% rated themselves as truly exceptional. Another survey of 200 sociologists found that half of them believed they would become one of the top ten sociologists in the world. No wonder there are such conflicts around tenure and promotion.
And the church is not exempt. George Barna did a survey of pastors - people who are paid to teach on texts such as: "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment… (Romans 12:3 NIV). "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Peter 5:6 NIV). Guess what? Ninety percent of all the pastors in the survey considered themselves 'above average' preachers. Perhaps most ironic of all: when people have the concept of the self-serving bias carefully explained to them, the majority rate themselves as 'well above average' in their ability to handle the self-serving bias. Wow! Our problem is not just our lack of integrity, but that we can't see how badly we lack it.

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