People with Negative Attitudes More Likely to Learn From Mistakes

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This research focused on the relationship between negative emotionality and learning from errors. Specifically, negative emotionality was expected to impair learning from errors by decreasing motivation to learn. Perceived managerial intolerance of errors was hypothesized to increase negative emotionality, whereas emotional stability was proposed to decrease negative emotionality. All the hypotheses were tested in a laboratory simulation. Contrary to the prediction, a positive association was found between negative emotionality and motivation to learn. The effects of perceived managerial intolerance of errors and emotional stability on negative emotionality were as predicted. Moreover, exploratory data analyses were conducted at the level of specific negative emotions and revealed differentiated effects of specific negative emotions on learning from errors.

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  1. Woohoo! There’s hope for me!

  2. I mean, I’m miserable. And learning from it.

  3. Just to clarify: Negative emotionality in the study is about the aggregate of all the negative emotions felt about errors, not the personality NA. So what the study actually suggests is that negative emotions can promote learning from errors…so it is not about people with negative attitudes.

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