Ironic Australian vernacular is fun stuff. Bet you’ve heard or said “you’re not wrong!” instead of simply saying “that’s right”.
Being wrong is a big deal for some people, but it’s inevitable eventually. We all make mistakes but some take it harder than others. Many people fear failing or not doing something perfectly but did you know doing something wrong can impact your health if you don’t deal with it the right way?
Psychologists call that sense of disappointment in ourselves when we do something wrong the ‘negativity bias’. It’s when we focus more on what we did wrong than the things we did right; and it can ante up. Apparently people tend to have one of two mindsets after mucking up. People commonly react emotionally and then brush off the mistake without acknowledging how it could’ve played differently; or people who are adaptable see it as an opportunity to learn and so can change their way of doing something that didn’t work the first time, whilst resetting their self-perception. This second approach can build your self-belief, skills and new neural pathways and stress-response resilience.
Acknowledging our slip ups is important to recovering from them. Don’t just push it aside; that’s habit forming and not that useful for next time. Look for the lesson to be learned and then move on. Best of all, keep in mind that making mistakes is good for your brain! Take that Sudoku.