BLUFBeing wrong is an unavoidable aspect of the human condition. Admitting you’re wrong, however, isn’t a failure—it could be an opportunity.
This article by Allie Volpe, writing for Vox, makes the following points:
- As social beings, we’re constantly looking for acceptance within groups.
- Being wrong about something opens us up to criticism from members of those groups.
- Accepting we’re capable of being wrong and moving on from those blunders can provide solace.
- The psychological theory of cognitive dissonance prevents us from realizing our wrongness.
- Cognitive dissonance is when two beliefs or behaviours conflict or a person’s actions contradict their beliefs.
- The irony about admitting we’re wrong is that it can improve our reputation.
- By owning up to our errors, others see us as friendlier and more agreeable.
References from the Web:
- MAR 2022 The unbearable rightness of being wrong: how do you admit fault in a post-shame world?—The Guardian
- APR 2022 Why Admitting You're Wrong Can Be the Right Move—Psychology Today
- Article Source: Vox
- Media Check: Vox - Media Bias Fact Check (mediabiasfactcheck.com)
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