Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Harry Robe, Lynn Clark, Robert Simpson
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
The present study deals with the fear of appearing incompetent as delineated by White, Goffman and Adler. The fear of appearing incompetent is an aspect of competence that may threaten self-esteem. The fear of appearing incompetent can purportedly be measured by the Fear of Appearing Incompetent Scale (FAIS).
It was found that the fear of appearing incompetent correlated positively with self-estimated IQ, but correlated negatively with obtained IQ. The fear of appearing incompetent had no significant relationship to GPA. The fear of appearing incompetent in participants who over-estimated their IQs did not differ significantly from the fear of appearing incompetent in participants who under-estimated their IQs. There was also no significant difference between the mean self-estimated IQ and the mean obtained IQ. Out of a total of 68 participants 44% accurately estimated their IQs, 22% over-estimated their IQs and 34% under-estimated their IQs.
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Bateman, Cheryl, "Relationships Between the Fear of Appearing Incompetent, Self-Estimated IQ, Obtained IQ and GPA" (1976). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1878.