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Why we need to be right

The need to be right is part of our culture. Often, we don't just want to be right, we want to be "more right" than someone else. The need to be "more right" is mostly based on fear, uncertainty, our desire to be socially connected, and misplaced intellectualism.

  • Anxiety of abandonment. They unconsciously worry that people close to them will leave.
  • Fear of failure. Researchers found a link between parent's high expectations and children's fear of failure.
  • Avoiding disappointment.

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The beauty of being proven wrong

The "need to be right" all the time is a kind of fixed mindset that interferes with personal growth. People who want to be right about everything prevent themselves from learning from their mistakes. They fall prey to the Dunning-Kruger effect, where they assume they know more th...

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Being right is ingrained

Being right is ingrained

The phenomenon to be right start from a very young age as children are taught the benefits of being right. The schooling system is established on the standard of right and wrong answers. The primary goal becomes getting the correct answer quickly.

This mental model is carr...

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The art of being less wrong

It is often painful to get rid of our need to be right, but some strategies can help.

  • Ask more open-ended questions instead of making affirmative statements. If a comment seems illogical, instead of jumping to conclusions, ask more questions.
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Compelling the other person to be wrong is a terrible trait to have and can be extremely destructive in relationships. This need usually stems from the fear of being disrespected or from the fear of being seen for who you are, a flawed person that makes mistakes...

The Fear Of Disappointing Others

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If one’s goal is to please everyone, the road then leads directly to failure and disappointment. Even if we are absolutely right, it is a subjective figure in the eyes of others, due to everyone having a different set of values.

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3. Let go of the need to be right.

3. Let go of the need to be right.

To always have the need to right is to be engulfed by our ego. Anyone can survive a bad idea, stupid mistake or dumb decision as long as we don't cling to the need to be right every time. Every inspiration or idea that comes to your mind might not be right.

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