Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error: Kathryn Shulz TED Talk

TED is blowing my socks off. Yet another fantastic talk, this time by Kathryn Schulz about that key conflict skill: being wrong and then admitting that you are wrong. I reviewed her book ‘Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error’ here last year. It is fantastic. As a result, I did a little exercise and wrote out the 70 biggest mistakes I made in my life. Great therapeutic exercise and I learned a lot and also said some apologies: big time. In fact I used the process of acknowledging what happened, saying sorry and promising not to do it again…which is the real process of reconciliation and admission of error.

So here is Kathryn, blowing my socks off with here insights that we are blind to our errors aka suffer from  ‘error blindness’, and we think that others who disagree with us on how the world is are either:

  • Ignorant
  • Idiots or
  • Evil

But as St. Augustine (354-430 CE) said:
‘I err therefore I am’ 


Here’s Kathryn: see also: and


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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