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is a popular social phenomena where an individual believes that own beliefs, ideals, concepts, opinions, values and attitudes are held more widely within a certain population than they actually are.

FALSE-CONSENSUS EFFECT: "Some individuals with an inflated ego would 'suffer' from the false-consensus effect, where they believed their opinions were more popular than they actually are. "

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