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is the tendency to underestimate the extent others actually possess the same attributes or talents and positive traits as yourself. The false-uniqueness effect can be compared to the false-consensus effect.

FALSE-UNIQUENESS EFFECT: "Some individuals with an inflated ego would 'suffer' from the false uniqueness effect, where they believed their attributes are far less spread and therefore unique to them."

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