Mistakes are a part of a normal, natural, human life.

However, why do we continue to repeat them, even when we were taught, as children, to learn from our errors, to perfect ourselves?

In a utopian world, mistakes would be a way to grow. So, we would not be exposed any more to repeat the same errors over and over.

But, as we all know very well, we do not live in the most perfect of worlds, and these principles do not apply in the universe where we live.

Imagine that you want to put some money aside to buy something meaningful, but you get to spend your whole salary to buy insignificant things, without which you would live just as good.

For example, you choose to order food or buy yourself the clothes that you very much desire, ignoring the fact that you would want more to raise money for a new car.

Obviously, like any shameful thing, once you commit to it, you start feeling guilty.

Although these errors seem almost insignificant, repeating them may have serious implications in some cases.

Repeating medical errors are a leading cause of death in the US. And, minor mistakes lawyers repeatedly make in court constitute the main reasons why many of them are sued for malpractice.

Science tells us that it’s because we feel guilty for the errors we make, stagnating too much upon them, makes us commit the same mistakes in the future.

This seems a little counter-intuitive, but, when confronted with them, our brains focus so much on why the error occurred, that they forget to find a solution to the problem.

So, if we would focus on finding a way to correct the error, then we wouldn’t experience this stage of mental confusion that keeps us on the path of repeating the same mistakes.

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