UC Berkeley #overconfidence & #power expert avail. to comment on Tuesday #Democrats #presidential #debate

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All of the Democratic presidential candidates will no doubt try to appear confident at Tuesday's debate but what are the pitfalls of overconfidence?

Professor Don Moore, a management professor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, studies power and overconfidence and is available to comment on this topic.

"Overconfidence is rampant in political campaigns. In part because voters so consistently favor confident candidates, those seeking office know that they need to express confidence," says Moore. "In particular, they know they need to express more confidence than their rivals for office. The result is often excessively bold claims of what they will achieve in office and how sure they are that they know what to do. But when they are elected, then cannot help but disappoint."

Contact: dm@berkeley.eduPlease cc me: ptom@berkeley.edu

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