Understanding the psychology of failure

Understanding the psychology of failure

We all make mistakes and…we can all learn from mistakes. 

As I'm sure most of you know we mostly talk about positive psychology and happiness in this site/blog but what we also try to do is BE REALISTIC. 

And the reality is that the world is not perfect and we're not perfect. 

So we make mistakes and fail and fall over and…more. 

That being said, failures and mistakes are not always bad and they don't have to lead to un-happiness…at least not in the long term. Which is why we thought you might find the following article (from the LifeHacker website) interesting and helpful: 

The Psychology Behind the Importance of Failure

Adam Dachis

Almost every week, we find new ways to remind you of the importance of embracing failure because it's such a good learning experience. While that remains true, accepting the common possibility of failure helps you, too. Here's why.

Our brains don't always act in our best interest and often default to irrational decisions if we don't instruct them otherwise. Heidi Grant Halvorson, writing for productivity and ideas blog the 99u, points out that when we try to eliminate failure we also eliminate a lot of our creative ability:

The problem with the Be-Good mindset is that it tends to cause problems when we are faced with something unfamiliar or difficult. We start worrying about making mistakes, because mistakes mean that we lack ability, and this creates a lot of anxiety and frustration. Anxiety and frustration, in turn, undermine performance by compromising our working memory, disrupting the many cognitive processes we rely on for creative and analytical thinking. Also, when we focus too much on doing things perfectly (i.e., being good), we don't engage in the kind of exploratory thinking and behavior that creates new knowledge and innovation.

While all you really have to do is accept that you're imperfect and allow yourself to make mistakes, you're not going to suddenly lose your anxiety and frustration over failure in an instant. When you fail, continue to remind yourself how important it is that you did and find what you learned from it. Most of us make that effort already, but remember to keep it in mind beforehand as well or you might prevent yourself from doing something great…


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