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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 11 2013: we tend to avoid public shame and the side effects derived from them. Making mistakes is something that's not tolerated in our societies even if we don't have a writen code, we seem to have an invisible mental law clung to our inner person that prevents us from doing something that risks our reputation before others. I feel we do it because we want to protect ourselves, and to be more precise, our selfsteem. and the other hand, PRIDE has its share!

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