Hard To Admit It, But I Am Wrong

Ashley Coronel, Reporter

        As human beings, we make mistakes all the time. Nobody is perfect. But is it hard to admit that you’re wrong? For example, when you’re having an argument with someone yet their evidence proves your opinion wrong, some of us become stubborn because we hate to admit that we’re wrong. It’s natural though and there’s even a name for it: “cognitive dissonance”. 

“Cognitive dissonance is what we feel when the self-concept — I’m smart, I’m kind, I’m convinced this belief is true — is threatened by evidence”, according to Carol Tavris, co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Noy by Me). 

        Sometimes when people notice they are wrong they blame the other person, insisting that it’s their fault. Some people feel that apologizing will make them seem weak in some way. When you’re wrong and you apologize, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re weak. When you do this, you’re actually showing a form of maturity. Don’t let your pride get in the way from what’s right. Just admit you are wrong, it’s not going to kill you. So, next time you’re wrong, apologize and continue on with your day.