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Rethinking Mistakes & Learning From Your Missteps

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

Rethinking Mistakes & Learning From Your Missteps Many of us — though more likely most of us — fear making mistakes. And it makes sense. We live in a mistake-phobic society, according to clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

Take social media. We’re tempted to become our own publicists, she said. “We curate our persona,” rarely letting imperfections show (hello Facebook). Thanks to our 24/7 news media cycle, the smallest blunders get broadcast and picked apart by readers all over the world.

We also learn as kids that mistakes are bad. It’s better to get the answer right. The right answer leads to higher grades and scores, and greater success. And it’s a competitive world out there.

But mistakes are also valuable teachers, if we can only learn to listen.

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Rethinking Mistakes & Learning From Your Missteps

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  1. Good article and reminder, that we learn from our mistakes— our mistakes are there to teach us. Think about little children– how long it takes for them to learn some things– well guess what nothing changes right through life, baby to toddler’ toddler to child, child to adolescent, adolescent to young adult, young adult to adult, adult to mature adult,mature adult to evolved aged adult, evolved aged adult to elderly statesman /woman — How we can better do things–how we can better think, and feel–all part of learning from our mistakes and experience, all part of the journey. Being kinder to ourselves– not beating up on ourselves so much– is such an important message you gave– thanks Margarita– nice.

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