It sounds like it’s the latest Indiana Jones title, but the curse of knowledge is a pervasive problem you should know about:
The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that occurs when, in predicting others’ forecasts or behaviors, individuals are unable to ignore the knowledge they have that others do not have, or when they are unable to disregard information already processed.
Put more succinctly (with thanks to Tim Baxter): “The things you know seem obvious to you, but they’re not”
- This is why writing documentation is hard
- This is why teaching is hard
- This is why you feel like you’ve got nothing to blog/speak about
Just being aware of this is an important part of dealing with it.
Knowledge isn’t just a curse, it’s power too!