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Why are we afraid to make mistakes?

I recently saw this article and found the following paragraph: "In science, you make your mistakes in public. You show them off so that everybody can learn from them. This way, you get the benefit of everybody else's experience, and not just your own idiosyncratic path through the space of mistakes."


While i'm not sure that all scientists share their mistakes so that others can learn form them, i was wondering why we're afraid to make mistakes at work, for instance? Is it because we are told that mistakes are not tolerated? Could it be our education, from our family and school, that mistakes should be avoided at all cost or hidden when they happen?

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    May 30 2013: I completely agree with komal kaur , we are free to make mistakes and share them unless and untill they are related to others. But when we are at our work place or something related, we are not free to share our mistake or we try our best to hide our mistake from others. This is because of the fear that people may not trust us later. In the present competition world even a very small mistake made by us may put our job at risk , this may be one of the big reason that we try to hide our mistakes at our work place.
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      May 30 2013: Yes, BUT......if you are caught....then isn't the fact that you lied or hid your mistake, an even greater mistake that could have greater repercussions?
      • May 31 2013: I think you need to ask a politician/king/emperor - bank - that question. But the answer as seen is for the most part it does not matter, as with the banks, they are not the ones who pay the price.
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          May 31 2013: :o

          No argument from me there.

          I thought perhaps your original answer was more on a personal level.
          I was looking for insight into your view.
          So then, when you say "we" are not free to share our mistake or "we" try our best to hide our mistake from others, the "we" does not include you?

          You were just speaking in general about corporations and governments?

          [Edited] I am coming back to add that I don't think banks and governments are afraid of making mistakes. What they are afraid of is getting caught lying to us. Their so called "mistakes", are usually well thought-out acts that leave the rest of us _____(choose an adjective of your choice)
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          May 31 2013: I just read your first comment way down there.......

          And I see you originally said that you don't think people are afraid to make mistakes.
          Ok.....now I understand your view better.

          You have made some good contributions on this conversation Tify, thanks!!
      • Jun 1 2013: Thanks Mary.

        As for the "we" well lets just call it the royal "we", because for them it really does not matter in they 'include' themselves. :)

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