Sunday, February 27, 2011

Composing a badminton related video

Composing multiple videos into this 9 minutes length video clip. Actually I did this for my friend's friend's friend..yeah .The best part of making this is recognize my own wrongdoing while learning n improve at same time.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Self-serving bias

Self-serving bias. What does it mean? It’s mean “the common human tendency to attribute one’s successes to personal characteristics, and one’s failures to factors beyond one’s control. The reason people tend to personalize success is because it helps their self-esteem levels. Most people demonstrate this behavior on a regular basis. It is human nature to take credit for things like an A on a test or a job well done at work. It is also human nature to avoid responsibility entirely for mistakes or problems”.(quote from

I realized that this is more common to happen around us. For example, as a student, when you get low expectation mark, you have tendency to blame your lecturer teaching skills or blame the subject for been difficult than your own understanding of the subject you took.

The term "self-serving bias" is most often used to describe a pattern of biased causal inference, in which praise or blame depend on whether success or failure was achieved. For example, a student who gets a good grade on an exam might say, "I got an A because I am intelligent and I studied hard!" whereas a student who does poorly on an exam might say, "The teacher gave me an F because he does not like me!" When someone strategically strives to facilitate external causes for their poor performance (so that they will subsequently have a means to avoid blaming themselves for failure), it may be labeled self-handicapping (Wikipedia)

What is self-handicapping?

Self-handicapping is described as an action or choice which prevents a person from being responsible for failure. Self-handicapping behaviour allows individuals to externalise failures but internalise success; accepting credit for achievements, but allowing excuses for failings. Self-handicapping can be seen as a method of preserving self-esteem but it can also be used for self-enhancement. People may self-handicap to manage the impressions of others, or of themselves.
For example, if you weak in Mathematic subject, you will tell yourself you can’t get any better even if you put much effort on it. So before the day of your examination, you have tendency to play rather than studying.

How does self-handicapping happen?

Relation to Mood

Previous research has looked at the consequences of self-handicapping and have suggested that self-handicapping leads to a more positive mood (at least in the short term).However, based on past evidence that positive mood motivates self-protective attributions for success and failure and increases the avoidance of negative feedback, recent research has focused on mood as an antecedent to self-handicapping; expecting positive mood to increase self-handicapping behaviour. Results have shown that people who are in positive mood are more likely to engage in self-handicapping, even at the cost of jeopardizing future performance (Wikipedia).
This is true; we always wanted to stay in our own comfort zone if possible. There’s why we give lots of reasons to avoid anything that will discomfort us.

What is illusory superiority?

According to Wikipedia, the effects of illusory superiority have also been found to be strongest when people rate themselves on abilities at which they are totally incompetent. These subjects have the greatest disparity between their actual performance (at the low end of the distribution) and their self-rating (placing themselves above average). This Dunning–Kruger effect is interpreted as a lack of metacognitive ability to recognize their own incompetence.

Now what is metacognitive?

Metacognition refers to one’s knowledge concerning one’s own cognitive processes or anything related to them, e.g., the learning-relevant properties of information or data. For example, I am engaging in metacognition if I notice that I am having more trouble learning A than B; if it strikes me that I should double check C before accepting it as fact. (J. H. Flavell 1976, p. 232)

Back to the topic, people who are Self-serving bias tendency to be have more hatred in them. Why? For example, when you did something wrong and your superior advice you and you found it disinterested you and in fact you hate him/her after that incident happened. This is because you reject to accept the fact and you blame the people who discipline you. You want to twist the fact that you did nothing wrong to make yourself feel better. Now, ask yourself, how you learn to improve in life or what do you learn from that kind of attitude? Again, what does comment/feedback and critiques means to you? How you take it?

Monday, February 07, 2011

“who are you?”

I have been thinking this question in my head for couples of months since my lecture ask me to think about it during our class activity. Instantly, I get excited to dig up my past.

Reflecting back what I loved to do as a child, I love to see people happy with what I doing and involving earning money. That’s one of the reason I always give away what I have in exchange for their friendship. Their smiles and compliments are the reason I want to live for another day. Even as now, I still helping my friends solving sort of problems. When I was young, I am total failure when it’s come to academic no matter how much effort I put in, I just fail over and over for many years. I have been trauma by my failures back then; it’s hard for me to get my confidence back. O coz I'm different now than before.

I don’t believe in myself even when my friends compliment me. I never took it seriously because I thought they just purposely want to cheer me up with those encouraging words. But what if there are same compliments more than 5 times, and from different people? Seriously I shed tears of happiness when one of my friend talk how capable I am in certain areas for more than a minute during our outing with his friend that I not known that day.

I find myself pondering, am I that good? I love what my passion lead me to, I can never get bored or tired over it as long my passion burn inside me. For the first time ever in my life, I get out from my comfort zone just for the love of photography. Why? Because I go where my passion flow, that’s how I get my inspiration.

Most people around me give me a simple question yet difficult at the same time. Some of the questions were asked was “why accounting and not computer science, “I thought u taking business but accounting? and “are you taking the right course”? I always answer them right away “why I need to take a course for business/cook/photography when managing money is the most important thing to do to achieve self-actualization. The saddest part of me choosing the accounting path is that, everyone aspect me to walk into audit firm to work after graduate. I never set that in my mind, that’s why I can’t answer where I will work. Perhaps I should consider to walk into audit firm, but still.. l wondering do I have choices or options to choose?