Alina Tugend

Alina Tugend

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Alina Tugend has been a journalist for almost 30 years, and currently writes the biweekly ShortCuts column for the New York Times. She is known for her ability to take complex subjects and explain them in a down-to-earth, often humorous and simple - but never simplistic - manner. Her first book, "Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong" explores the inherent tension between what we are taught as young children - that we must make mistakes in order to learn from them - versus the reality that we often get punished for making mistakes and therefore try to avoid, or cover them up, as much as possible. Most Americans absorb a culture of mistake evasion virtually from birth. But the cost of such a culture is high. By avoiding errors, we stifle creativity, innovation and the ability to grow and learn in all walks of life. In an effort to deflect blame, we point fingers at our colleagues, our friends, our spouses and our children. Tugend uses research from a variety of disciplines - medicine, aviation and social science - not only to explain why we hate making and admitting mistakes, but also how to be more accepting of the reality that we all make mistakes and more open to the lessons they have to offer. Read more about Tugend's book - and access her Times and other articles - at
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