• Question: If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

    Asked by n3rdy to Gopal, Becky on 28 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Rebecca Cook

      Rebecca Cook answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      people are scared of being wrong and the consequences from being wrong, which could be loss of money, harm to someone or just loss of pride.

    • Photo: Gopal Ramchurn

      Gopal Ramchurn answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      We are typically afraid of the consequences of making mistakes… we are not really afraid of making mistakes because, at the time of making them, we typically think it’s a good thing to do in the first place. Sometimes we know the consequences but preferring to ignore them altogether! When we don’t know whether we are going to make a mistake or not… then we are really afraid of the ‘unknown’… sometimes it’s best to try rather than not because it’s not obvious what is the right thing to do!