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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."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/19/daniel-dennett-intuition-pumps-thinking-extract?CMP=twt_gu

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 10 2013: We are raised to be perfectionists. At school, everybody expects us to have perfect grades. We are expected to have a perfect social attitude, a perfect appearance, a perfect mental state. Of course, we can't -it's just not feasible. And deep inside, we know that. But even though when these extremely high expectations from the people around us are forced on us for the first time we know they're totally wrong, we get used to them and we begin having these expectations ourselves.
    Mistakes should happen and it's not possible for them not to happen. If we are perfect since our birthday, what's the point of education, what's the point of experimenting with things? Mistakes should be accepted and then corrected. That's the only way that we can evolve.

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