How To Admit You're Wrong | Alyssa J Freitas: How To Admit You're Wrong

November 21, 2014

How To Admit You're Wrong

Ahh, admitting you're wrong. This is one of the hardest things to do and, I would argue, the most important. We all have our pride and we hate to lose face, but when you come to the realization that you are indeed incorrect in your thinking it is essential to admit it. Why? Number one because it is the right thing to do, number two because the other person will respect you, number three because, believe it or not, you will respect yourself for doing it. Here are some of my tips for how to admit you're wrong (because as it turns out I have a lot of experience with this type of thing...).

Recognize the fault yourself. You'll surely have people who will tell you that you are wrong but until you recognize it yourself, you won't be able to admit it to others.

Realize that there is nothing wrong with being wrong. As we all know, no one is perfect so at some point or another we will all be mistaken. Since this is the case it only makes sense that admitting you're wrong is not a big deal; after all, it happens to everyone. There is only a problem when you don't acknowledge it and try to improve. 

Thank the other person for being understanding in advance. Really, he should be glad that you've admitted your mistake but if you thank him in advance he really has no choice but to be understanding. 

Alexander Pope, the poet, once said "No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, they are wiser today than they were yesterday." This is really the essence of this post; being wrong is nothing to be ashamed of, but not admitting it is.

When is a time that you have been wrong and had to admit it? How did you handle it? What tips do you have?

-AJF

4 comments:

  1. being wrong is definitely hard to admit, but these are good tips!

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    1. Thank you Sienna! I agree it is hard but so necessary

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  2. I love this. One of the more difficult things to do is the admit when you're wrong. Thanks for the post! I am currently hosting a giveaway, enter my giveaway for a chance to win!

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