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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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  • Jun 4 2013: Making mistakes is part of being human. When I was growing up I was beaten any time I made a mistake especially silly ones. I told my mom recently that it is better if someone made a mistake, the person's attention is called so that the person can become more aware of his/her mistakes, if it happens for the second time then I guess that person deserves a punishment. But honestly, there are certain mistakes one must not commit like a nurse administering the wrong prescription to a patient, or cheating on your wife/husband.

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