Why It’s So Hard To Admit You’re Wrong

Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong. But mistakes can be hard to digest, so sometimes we double down rather than face them. Our confirmation bias kicks in, causing us to seek out evidence to prove what we already believe. Psychologists call this cognitive dissonance the stress we experience when we hold two contradictory thoughts, beliefs, opinions or attitudes.

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Written by Kristin Wong for The New York Times

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