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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    Can everyone learn from their mistakes? Maybe not.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18293284/site/newsweek/

    Apparently we all have a part of our brain called the anterior cingulate cortex. This cortex lights up when we are performing difficult tasks and emits an electrical pulse "just milliseconds after we have made a mistake". (What would Homer Simpson say at a moment like that?)

    The pulse this cortex generates appears to be how we learn from our mistakes. Psychologists have found some evidence that people who are more impulsive or who have a weak sense of duty, responsibility, and reliability also seem to have a weaker pulse.

    "It appears that those with a sputtering electrical generator just keep making the same mental and emotional slips again and again."

    Question: Do you seem to learn from your mistakes?

    My answer: I'm somewhat hit and miss. Some mistakes I seem to repeat. Others, once is plenty for me to learn my lesson.

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    I might repeat a mistake once but seldom twice. I guess I may need to recognize a pattern exists before permanent 'brain re-routing' can occur.

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    There are some mistakes that I make over and over again. Most of the time I donít repeat old mistakes. I just make new ones instead!
    If you're not growing, you're dying. - Lou Holtz

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    I think I have a weak pulse. Sometimes I make the same mistakes again, and justify to myself "well, nothing really bad happened the first time", even if it does cause minor bad effects.

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    I recognize and learn from my mistakes. However, I am prone to making them again, especially if it's intentional.
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    Are you asking for my opinion or my wife's about my mistakes? Two totally different answers.

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    I tend to repeat mistakes unless there is a really bad consequence, that good old "wake up call". Sometimes it is embarrassing to be my age and still be making stupid mistakes when I know better.

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    Mistakes are for losers.

    I do learn from my mistakes. However, there are a couple of missteps that I keep repeating. I know better, and I know the potential consequences, but I continue to make the same poor decision. I suppose that's more of a personality flaw than a mistake.

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    I have [Homer Simpson voice] D'oh [Homer Simpson voice] moments of I can't believe that happened again.

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    This Bear does not make mistakes. Just ask any of my four wives.

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    What are these "mistakes" of which you speak?
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    I don't make mistakes.... everyone else just doesn't get me and they think I made a mistake, when they made one....

    Now seriously... it depends on the type of mistakes... there are some that I never make again... others that I do all the time...

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    It was a mistake to go into Housing.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    The only mistakes I consistently repeat are ones related to my personal life / relationships with people, things related to work I seem to be able to correct faster.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    My mistake that i never learn from is knowing my limit when it comes to alcohol and sticking with it.... yep im going to have a massive hangover in the morning..
    "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" Zoolander

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    Quote Originally posted by natski View post
    My mistake that i never learn from is knowing my limit when it comes to alcohol and sticking with it.... yep im going to have a massive hangover in the morning..
    this is a lesson I often forget.

    pretty clear thought for PWI
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    I did not realize that Planners made mistakes
    I certainly learned something new today

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    I've learned from some mistakes the first time and others it has taken a few rounds of doing the same thing with slight variations to learn from. Such is life.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    just thought of another thing I don't learn from, missed opportunites with women. I can identify them after the fact, but never in enough time to take advantage of the situation.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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