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Why is it hard to admit to a mistake?

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Why is it hard to admit to a mistake?

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  1. it is really hard to accept because first you did not know you were wrong, not until somebody will tell you were wrong or you had proven yourself that you committed a mistake, but even though it is one’s belief and principle that hindered us to accept that we are wrong.

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  2. Well it depends where one has commited a mistake,accordingly one reacts, if it’s at home adult might take time to accept it as one does not want to get embarresed infront of juniors or seniors, on the other hand if its at work place then it due to humillation and not to projected as let down, where the shortcomings are highlighted and become a tool for those who love to find mistakes in others. Humilation plays the major role when time comes to accept mistake as it needs a lot of guts and courage to show up publicly that one has done wrong which is not accepted,It’s easier said than done ,be brave and accept your mistake, we will find very few who accept their mistake as majority of us loves to find mistake into others than in ourselves.Those who have the guts to accept their mistakes mostly are labelled as “Weak-Personality”, for sure no one would like that title.

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  3. Admitting to a mistake brings up feelings that are generally uncomfortable. You’ve hurt yourself or someone, screwed something up, changed the course of an intended plan or have possibly created extra work in trying to repair or come back from the mistake. The awkward, tense, anxiety-producing feelings can be so overwhelming that not admitting to the mistake just seems easier than admitting to it. Oftentimes, after all is said and done, we realize that if we had just admitted to it in the first place, the magnitude of the consequences were not as big as we made them out to be.

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  4. This is actually something I have experience in, as my recovery is dependent on my being able to say I am sorry when I am wrong. It gets easier to take responsibility for a wrong once you start. And I have found that it makes me feel stronger as a person. Finally, being able to admit a mistake makes the other person feel valued, because you cared enough to tell them! Good question for the day!

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  5. If you have ever studied evolution, or engaged in a process such as making bread or beer, you might come to realized that mistakes are intrinsic to change, ie. mistakes happen randomly and are outside of our control; therefore; they allow for the greatest amount of change possible. SO when someone makes a mistake well quit frankly, it’s not their fault.

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  6. I think the biggest factor in admitting a mistake, would be the person whom you are admitting it too. Say, if you have a husband who gets upset at you for every little thing, or a friend who does not think the same as you. The are always reasons for not wanting to admit to mistakes. But I think those are the biggest ones.

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  7. Admitting I was wrong used to be awfully hard for me — I had that protective shell of superiority wrapped so tightly around myself that admitting I was wrong was like a dental visit without novocaine. Then, I learned that I had believed something fundamentally untrue my whole adult life, and that led me, eventually, to the ability to admit that a lot of what I’ve thought my whole life was mistaken. So now, if I’ve made a mistake, I do my best always to admit my mistake and apologize at once. This eliminates the syndrome of thinking about the mistake all the time.

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  8. It is hard for because I usually think that I’m right. I have the bad habit of arguing that I’m right until I’m proven wrong and then I’ll finally give a reluctant, I was wrong.

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  9. I think it shows a persons weakness. Plastic is the new know and people don’t want to be wrong, everybody wants to rise not fall. mistakes are signs that you are taking a step back to correct the wrong that was done, But making mistakes really helps you grow. You learn from them we are human..it’s ok.

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  10. Hrmm, it isn’t hard to admit your mistakes at all. You just need to throw away your pride that was built on arrogance. And also throw away the fear of death (that may be implied by losing a job) by learning some survival skills.

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  11. When I started teaching many years ago, I was horribly embarrassed whenever I made a mistake. I thought I’d lose all credibility with my students. But then I discovered something one day which changed my whole attitude to my mistakes. I realized that when I made an error, and the student caught it …. it was because I’d taught them so well.
    So I started praising the students when they caught me. And encouraging them to speak up. And I found I didn’t lose anything …. I gained in every way.

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