Recently, I did some training with the Arbinger Institute on self-deception and how it prevents real, honest human interaction. One of Arbinger’s precepts is the notion of justification. In fact, Arbinger posits that our need to justify is stronger, more powerful than the truth.
The blog post below by Belle Beth Cooper reminds me of this idea. I was interested in the quotes from the book by Kathryn Schultz “Being Wrong”. Schultz has clearly thought deeply about the psychology of being wrong and seems to have some great insights into how and why we resist.
When it comes to accepting failure and learning from mistakes, I liked Cooper’s suggestions and would add that www.clearerthinking.org has developed a process for learning from mistakes that I’ve mentioned in the past. Here it is again:
Ask yourself,1. What went wrong? 2. Have you made a mistake like this before? 3. What was the immediate cause of the problem? 4. What was the root cause of the problem? 5. What can you do to correct the problem in the short term? 6. What can you do to prevent problems like these in the long term?
The Science of Failure: Why Highly Successful People Crave Mistakes
Instead of shying away from failure, what would happen if we embraced it? Here’s how some successful people do just that – and how you can, too.
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