Thomas Gilovich is Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. He's spent a lifetime researching ‘behavioural economics’.
In a survey he conducted amongst high school seniors in the USA, he and his colleagues found that 70% of the students thought they were above average in leadership ability and only 2% thought they were below average. In terms of ability to get along with others, all students thought they were above average, 60% thought they were in the top 10% and 25% thought they were in the top 1%.
But in another survey 94% of university professors believed they were better at their job than their colleagues.
So it's not just young students.
Most people think they are ...