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Do You Learn More From Your Successes or Mistakes?

Since we all make mistakes, it's comforting to take solace in the notion that we learn from them. Now some MIT researchers have gone and ruined that for us by conducting a study that suggests that our brains learn more when we succeed, not when we do something wrong.

While studying monkeys, the scientists discovered that the monkeys' brains processed information better after the monkey did something right. This learning led to better behavior as the study went on.

Despite this scientific study, I've always found that facing failure can force a person to confront the behaviors and patterns that need to change in her life. Then again, success reveals the type of actions and hard work that get results. Have you learned more from your successes or your mistakes?

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bangs bangs 7 years
Definitely mistakes. Mistakes made me the strong person I am today, successes just make me happy
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
That's over simplified. To use only successes is like saying you can win the same great baseball game using that same curve ball. It might not work a second time. Remembering the lowball that got the other team three points, well maybe you could avoid that one as well. So as far as I'm concerned you have to think of both pieces of information.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
people most of the time remember negative things better, mistakes fall into that category most of the time. I always remember big mistakes I make, either right before i make it again.. or right after.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
If you do something well, I don't necessarily know if you learn anything.. you obviously sorta knew that information or lesson already.. in your mistakes is where the AHA moments come..
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
IMO it's your mistakes because a success is only attained by something learned from your own mistake or observation of others mistakes.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I learn more from my mistakes. When I'm successful at something is because I knew how to do it, but when I fell I learn from what I did wrong and what I didn't do.
Kaolla Kaolla 7 years
Probably from my successes because when I see the result of doing something right and succeeding in something - it really gets me motivated to keep doing what I did to succeed.
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