3

Is there a phrase that would describe it being more difficult to comprehend someone's misunderstanding of an idea or concept, once you yourself have understood it?

  • It sounds like a confusion between habitual (or learned) knowledge and self-evidence. It reminds me of the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt." Except that, here, it's more like "familiarity breeds detachment." – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 1 '18 at 19:09
  • Your link gives a 'page not found' notification. Have you kept the illustrative text or can provide another example? – Paul Aug 31 '18 at 21:02
  • @Paul, edited question to remove link as the question appears to have been deleted – George Grainger Sep 3 '18 at 11:53
  • Something like “I don’t understand why you do t understand”? – Lawrence Sep 4 '18 at 5:25
1

You could say ‘unconscious competence’.

https://medium.com/the-philosopher-s-guide-to-startups/unconscious-incompetence-ad5583abf646

  1. Unconscious incompetence — when you’re doing something wrong and you don’t know you’re doing it wrong

  2. Conscious incompetence — when you’re doing something wrong but you know you’re doing it wrong

  3. Conscious competence — when you’re doing something right but you have to consciously focus on doing it the right way

  4. Unconscious competence — when you’re doing something right and you don’t even have to think about it

(And, in 4. You have forgotten the steps you took to learn it).

|improve this answer|||||

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.