The Joy of Being Wrong



we've all been in arguments and it wouldn't be an argument if you didn't believe that you were right and they were wrong but aren't we all wrong sometimes no one is right about all the things all the time research shows that admitting that we might be wrong can actually help us be better friends happier people and more effective advocates for our beliefs this is called intellectual humility and it's a gift not the kind you're born with but the kind you can give yourself so why don't we why is it so hard to admit that we might be wrong in our minds our ideas assumptions and experiences weave together to form our picture of the world so you can see why it's painful to admit that something we believe in is wrong one tug on the thread and it can feel like our whole sense of self is unraveling in fact studies show that our brains actually react to attacks on our beliefs the same way as threats to our physical well-being our natural human tendency is to avoid those threats and surround ourselves with people who think just like us it doesn't matter how smart or well-educated you are anyone can fall into these traps but we can break out of these bubbles our ideas don't mean to limit us we just need to remember but some of the things we know are wrong or incomplete it doesn't have to feel like a failure you can feel like a relief we can let go of the ideas that we're holding us back from growth this is one of the key features of intellectual humility now willingness to accept and admit that you might be wrong early research shows that people who practice intellectual humility make more thoughtful decisions have stronger connections with their friends and partners and are more tolerant which could lead to a happier life we live in a time where there's pressure to appear like you're always right but recognizing an incompleteness and our knowledge isn't weakness or ignorance it's the opposite it terms every day into an opportunity to learn and grow in fact people who practice intellectual humility are shown to be better at recognizing persuasive arguments that means you could be a more effective advocate for your beliefs by allowing them to be challenged the scientific method asks us to test every idea question every theory and that discipline is responsible for much of the explosive progress that has defined the last two centuries intellectual humility is the same principle applied to the individual constantly refining your understanding of the world and yourself the person you are now only exists because the person you were was willing to grow into something new intellectual humility is that willingness it allows us to constantly search through our understanding of the world and bit by bit make it better learn more about research on intellectual humility at Templeton org slash discoveries you




Comments
  1. Kinda sad that we're only having this conversation recently instead of thousands of years ago. Even now, it's hard for me to accept being wrong. Eventually I do it, but only begrudgingly.

  2. Teacher:-show your homework
    Me:-forgot to do my homework
    Does the right thing and says the truth proudly..
    Teacher:-proudly sends me to the principals room…

  3. Okay. Can you wrap your head around this:
    14.0000044609 × .00010769 = .0015076605
    Am I correct? 🐡

  4. The older I get, the easier it is becoming to admit when I am wrong. The more you learn, it seems like the less you know or thought you knew.

  5. I used to be a Christian, I allowed my Muslim sister to show why I'm wrong being a Christian. Now I'm an atheist.

  6. Rachel Maddow should watch this video and maybe, just maybe she be able to move on – letting go of her Russia Russia Russia narrative.

  7. without the contrast of 'being wrong', how would we know when we are right? Contrast is part of life (right now ;-)) Then there is the idea that we are all 'right' even with differing perspectives because what we believe becomes true for us even if what we believe is not accurate.

  8. Yeah, the link to this video is going to be employed as a closing note in far too many comment sections.

  9. it's why i argue a shitton and almost never block people on social media

    cause i like to have a well constructed viewpoint rather than a purely opinionated belief

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *