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[Off-topic] We've been lied to all our lives

2020-07-07 02:30:28
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Sorry for the sensational headline there. But it is strangely true at least according to a study posted on the website of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Contrary to common belief, people learn less from failure than from success.

The researchers conducted five experiments in which each of the 1,600-plus participants answered a series of binary-choice questions. In one experiment, researchers asked telemarketers how much money U.S. companies lose annually due to poor customer service. The choices were either "approximately $90 billion" or "approximately $60 billion." Because there were only two possible answers, once participants received feedback on their answer, they should have known the correct answer, whether they guessed correctly or not.

Participants were retested on the content of the initial questions to see whether they had learned from the feedback. Consistently, participants learned less from failure than from success, even when the task was redesigned to make learning from failure less cognitively taxing, and even when learning was incentivized. Those who received failure feedback also remembered fewer of their answer choices.

With more experiments, what we were able to see is that it's really a matter of self-esteem. It just doesn't feel good to fail, so people tune out.
said Ayelet Fishbach, a renowned expert on motivation and decision making.

In another experiment, the researchers removed ego from failure by having participants observe someone else's successes and failures. Although people learned less from personal failure than from personal success, they learned just as much from others' failures as from others' successes. In other words, when failure is removed from the self, people tune in and learn from failure.

To the extent that failures are being ignored, to the extent that we actually tune out rather than tune in, then there is no learning whatsoever from failures. And when there is no learning from failures, that's quite in contrast with the general impression that failures were teachable moments in our life. Most of the times when we failed, we just didn't pay attention.
Fishbach said.

The results have implications for how to optimize learning, the researchers said.

So do you agree with their findings? Have you taken the time to think about when you've learned more: from your failures or from your successes?

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2020-07-07 07:11:57

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2020-07-07 20:38:06

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It's really interesting though, as much as I wanted to believe in this researched facts and conclusion given by this institution, I still very much believe in the old saying that says "failures were teachable moments in our life", cos I've personally learned from my failures more than I've with my success.
Definitely, The old saying still holds up. Voted!
2020-07-08 00:55:49

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2020-07-08 10:52:54
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