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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 16 2013: In my experience, to admit to a mistake is to admit to many mistakes. In situations where we are under fire from peers, parents or anyone else, to admit we were wrong and to then take responsibility for a mistake is to open a door to the possibility that we have been wrong all along. That can be seemingly intolerable.

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