It is sometimes said that we all make big mistakes. Is this true?

As a starting point, 'big mistake' could be defined as a mistake which we do unconsciously for months, and for which the implications endure for more than a few months.

What is the best approach to recover from 'big mistakes'?

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the psychology and neuroscience forum. In this forum, questions must be expressed in the third-person, that is, they should not related to oneself. I've reworded your question and hope that it captures your question. $\endgroup$
    – Tony Mobbs
    Nov 9, 2020 at 5:42
  • $\begingroup$ Edited the time of doing the mistake as well. $\endgroup$
    – qsaso
    Nov 9, 2020 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to psych.SE. Unfortunately, the definition of "big mistake" is far too vague to be answerable on this forum. Humans are susceptible to a long list of cognitive and memory biases that are unconscious and have long-term repercussions, just for a start. $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Nov 11, 2020 at 2:17

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I think the simple and obvious answer to this question is "Yes". That is, everyone at some point in their life is likely to make a 'big mistake'.

Regret is the likely emotion felt subsequent to making a 'big mistake' and is a well researched topic as per the references below.

There are countless situations in which an individual is likely to feel the emotion of regret, including: divorce, bankruptcy, loss of a close friend, self-inflicted injury, resigning from employment in a rage, being sentenced to jail etc. (The examples chosen here are likely to reflect instances where the big mistake endures for more than a few months.

Clinical psychology is the profession with specific training for helping individuals move on from their mistakes and overcoming a deep-set emotion of regret.



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