The Hofstetter Principal

The Hofstetter principal is a cognitive practice in which people who use a rational reasoning are capable of identifying cognitive bias and/or cognitive ineptitude on those who experience illusory superiority based on delusional reasoning or falsified validation of their abilities from others.

Based on aspects of reasoning and objective observation displayed in the work of Comedian Steve Hofstetter, most notably in an exchange between Hofstetter and an unidentified woman featured in this video:

The Hofstetter Principal is a reverse social effect of the Dunning–Kruger effect.

In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. It is related to the cognitive bias of illusory superiority and comes from the inability of people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, people cannot objectively evaluate their competence or incompetence.