Do you tend to cover up your failings or admit your mistakes?
I’m extremely stubborn. I don’t like admitting I’m wrong because, most likely, I’m right to some degree. Somewhere, somehow, I’m right. There are loopholes to everything, and I like to find them. If I’m in an argument with someone, I can fight until I’m blue in the face, and then I’ll just employ my favorite evil tactic: killing people with kindness. I sugar coat everything, am incredibly sweet, and will treat you with the kindness I treat puppies. (People can’t be mad at you when you’re so incredibly sweet, and it’s really awesome to make people squirm.) I’ve had multiple people (and exes) say to me, “You seem so sweet and kind…but you’re such an asshole.” That’s a new level of winning.
I’m a big fan of killing people with kindness.
Obviously I’ve digressed.
When I make mistakes, although I’ll feel guilty and bad about the initial mistake, I won’t cover them up. (Unless, of course, the mistakes are minuscule and don’t matter. Then ‘fessing up isn’t important.) Admitting I’ve made a mistake is one of the toughest things for me to do, but it’s an important action for me to take. As a student teacher, I’ve definitely had my fair share of mistakes. When I misquote something or tell my students the wrong facts (because, as I tell them, I am *terrible* with dates!), once I realize I’ve messed up I admit I was wrong to the class and set them on the right path. Admitting I’m human makes the mistake seem less severe, and I suspect it helps my students respect me a bit more.
What do you think– is it more important to admit you’re wrong, or more important to cover up your mistakes?