Mistakes are part of learning, not a failure of character.
- Americans treat mistakes as character flaws, write Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson.
- The Japanese, by contrast, treat errors as an essential part of personal growth.
- Coming clean about our mistakes helps us earn trust and feel better about ourselves.
Owning your mistakes matters.
- Jordan Peterson says that recognizing your mistakes is essential, but you shouldn't "beat yourself to death" because of them.
- Atoning and repenting for mistakes clear the path for personal growth.
- If you avoid the responsibility of your errors, however, you're likely to make them again and again.
Former NYTimes executive editor Jill Abramson dissects the big problem with internet news.
- Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, describes what life was like for a journalist in the 1980s – a "stone age" when news was governed by the printing press schedule.
- Today, many journalists will break stories on Twitter before writing it, eliminating nuance and increasing the chance of error.
- Social media in particular has added a fatal speed to journalism. Errors erode public trust in the media, and allow those in power to undermine the free press.
Nurturing several relationships at once can empower us to build a life so rich that when we lose one love among many, we don't feel as if we've lost 'everything.'
Can you imagine a world without heartbreak? Not without sadness, disappointment or regret – but a world without the sinking, searing, all-consuming ache of lost love. A world without heartbreak is also a world where simple acts cannot be transformed, as if by sorcery, into moments of sublime significance. Because a world without heartbreak is a world without love – isn't it?
The Belgian psychotherapist has a lot to teach us.
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