I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means:

believing a task to be easy for others because it is easy for you

I looked it up afterwards and found other references to it, so I believe it is a real fallacy and not just something that person made up. This has been stuck in my head for weeks so any help is appreciated.

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    That's easy for you to say!
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:43
  • I'm confused. You say you looked it up and that confirmed it's a real fallacy, but you're still asking here. Did you just forget the label? What was it you looked for? Can you do that again?
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:51
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    Its probably a cognitive bias, rather than a fallacy.
    – ScotM
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 20:03
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    Doesn't this belong on philosophy.stackexchange.com ? Could someone flag for migration?
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 21:09
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    And @Area51DetectiveFiction, as much as I love putting questions in their proper exchanges, I was just looking for a name to the definition, not asking a question on how the bias works. Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 4:32

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It is part of Dunning-Kruger effect.

... highly skilled individuals tend to underestimate their relative competence, erroneously assuming that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.



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