Why do people find it so difficult to admit mistakes? The story of Joe Wilson provides a sharp focus for this very serious question. Wilson did admit that he should not have interrupted Obama during his address to Congress last week, but insists his assertion that the president mis-stated facts about the medical treatment of illegal immigrants is true. A non-admission admission, anyone?
Dale Carnegie knew the value of promptly admitting mistakes. The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous from their beginnings knew about the power of “promptly admitting one’s mistakes”. Has admitting wrong-doing become a lost social skill?
Does anyone not recognize that failing to admit mistakes is the pathway to looking foolish and dishonorable?
This website summarizes the method of admitting mistakes – it should not be needed, but maybe it is…