Getting Emotional After A Failure Helps You Improve For The Next Time

September 26, 2017

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Feeling horrible after making a mistake is no fun, but it may serve a purpose. Researchers found when participants got emotional after a failure they were more likely to improve their performance on the next related task than a non-emotional response. A natural tendency after failure is sometimes to suppress emotions and cognitively rationalize the failure, but if people know the possible negative effects of that behavior, they can override that natural tendency and focus on the negative feelings. That should lead to learning and future decision-making that is more positive. 

SOURCE: The University of Kansas

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