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                                False Consensus Effect

What is the false consensus effect?   Below is
one definition of the false consensus effect:

False Consensus Effect Definition:

The false consensus effect occurs when one
overestimates the commonness of one's attitudes.

False Consensus Effect Examples:

There may be a number of good examples of the false
consensus effect.  Below are two false consensus
examples:

1.  After seeing a film a person believes that the film is
excellent.  The person overestimates the percentage of
people who thought that the film was excellent.

2.   A person believes that a cat is a better pet than a
dog.  The person overestimates the percentage of
people who agree with this view.