Think of a time when you were embarrassed when you were in school… got it?
Ok, now try to think of a time when someone else did something embarrassing…
…I bet that was harder right?
Our brains are hardwired for self-preservation. We learn from our mistakes, and so anything which our mind feels to be ‘dangerous’ or could lead to falling out of favour with our clan, will be burned into our minds. Kind of as a warning against similar behaviours in the future. This is similar to how we learn other things. We repeat them until they become ingrained into our minds, and then they become second nature (driving, for instance). This way, we will be better prepared to react in the future. The flip side being that we don’t tend to remember other people’s mistakes, because our brain will disregard that, and focus on our own experiences.
So, next time you feel yourself getting embarrassed about something – say you stumble and fall – just laugh it off, and know that you are learning how not to fall again in the future. You will remember it, but no one else will.
So, until next time, take care – and mind your step 😉